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In an effort to help support Kansas families and children, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) will be distributing $500 to low-income families to help cover costs for the upcoming school year.

“Regardless of the economy we’re in, Kansas children deserve a quality education,” said Governor Mark Parkinson.  “This assistance will help provide the tools kids need to succeed in the classroom and a boost to the families that are working so hard just to make ends meet.”

Authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the assistance to families is provided through the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and is designed to provide a small monthly stipend while offering employment preparation services to help families get back into the workforce.  Eligibility for the program is determined by household size, income and resources.

SRS is utilizing TANF emergency funds as a way to ensure families participating in the TANF program can afford to adequately prepare their children to return to school this fall.  Families with children between the ages of 3 and 17 will receive the additional benefits to help cover the cost of school supplies, clothing and other back-to-school expenses.  The funds will be distributed to an estimated 11,000 families who will receive a one-time payment of $500 beginning this week.  Eligible families will be notified by mail.

“As we continue to emerge from this economic recession, we must ensure families in need are not left behind.  I’m pleased that we can provide this assistance to help ensure that Kansas children enter school ready to learn.” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan.