You Can Make Ends Meet With The Help Of Single Parent Child Care Assistance Programs
The key center point to raising and caring for your family as a single parent is to hold a steady job that will pay the bills and supply the means to purchase food, pay for housing, and so on. Many single mothers and fathers find that the biggest stumbling block to this is finding reliable and affordable child care. The cost of child care greatly increases the amount of money you need from your paycheck each week to meet your financial obligations. This is why there are organizations, private and public, that provide single parent child care assistance; they level the playing ground for single income households.
Government funded services are often meted out at the state level. For example, the Illinois Action for Children works with license daycare facilities all over the state. If a facility chooses to work with this organization, they must meet safety and service standards, laid out by the IAC. In return, they receive subsidies in exchange for taking children of low income families at a discounted rate, sometimes for free. You can learn more about the program at actforchildren.org.
The Choctaw Nation Child Care Assistance Program helps Choctaw families dealing with divorce, death, unemployment, under employment, and teenage pregnancy. Eligible families can receive financial assistance for child care until their children reach the age of 13, giving them the opportunity to secure gainful employment or attend school without the added burden of paying for child care. They offer preschool services to the young children and help older kids get to and from school each day. You can learn more at cncca.org.
The US Department of Health and Human Services is the federal department which houses many programs for working moms and dads, striving to make ends meet. By visiting their website, you can find the programs available in your state. You will also find links and referrals to private organizations that are approved by this federal agency. The US DHHS can be found at hhs.gov.
Child care grants and scholarships are available in Montana to eligible men and women for the care of their children while they go to work or school. This program is available through a non profit organization that is government funded. New Beginnings pays registered child care facilities, activity centers, and even group homes directly so that they do no lose revenue by serving families who are unable to pay them. Families pay only a nominal co pay. To learn more, you can visit dphhs.mt.gov.
North Dakota families have access to assistance from the North Dakota Department of Human Services and their Child Care Assistance Program. This program strives to find the right day care services for each eligible family. For some, this may be a privately owned preschool and day care; for others it might be a single baby sitter for latch key services. Each provider agrees to meet all requirements of the agency and receive their payments directly from them instead of the families.
A private organization in California, the Children's Society of California, single working parents the opportunity save money on day care costs through the Alternative Payment Program. This program targets low income and at risk families, paying part, and sometimes all, of the daycare costs, so parents can go to work and earn the income necessary to care for their families. You can learn more at chs-ca.org.
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