Topeka – Working Kansas
families will have extra support finding quality child care thanks to funds from
the American Recovery Act. The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
(SRS) is using federal Child Care and Development Funds authorized through the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help support families who
participate in the agency’s child care subsidy program.
The child care subsidy program provides
financial assistance to working families to purchase quality child care.
Assistance amounts vary based upon the family’s monthly income and individual
case circumstances. The majority of participating families must contribute a
share of their child care expenses in addition to the assistance provided
SRS is using ARRA funding to provide
additional benefits to these families. In November, participating families will
receive a one-time direct payment to partially reimburse out of pocket child
care expenses for the period of March to September 2009. Payments of nearly $3.1
million dollars will be mailed to over 11,000 families, each receiving an
average benefit of $268.
In addition, families will see a decrease
in their out of pocket child care expenses from October 2009 through September
2010. Families whose income is below 100% of the federal poverty level will have
their entire child care costs paid through the child care subsidy program.
Families whose income falls between 100% and 185% of the federal poverty level
will have their out of pocket child care expenses reduced by half.
ARRA Child Care and Development funds will
also be utilized for services to enhance the quality and safety of child care
including increased professional development opportunities for child care
providers in Kansas.
To learn more about the child care subsidy
program visit www.srs.ks.gov, call 1-888-369-4777 or visit your local SRS