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Newsroom Recovery Act funds put 3.1 million directly in hands of KS families
10/13/2009

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 through SRS.


 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 Service Center.