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
“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.