Monday, February 19, 2018

Child Care Assistance

Are you struggling with paying for child care expenses?  Is your family looking for care during evening or weekend hours?  Do you need a provider that offers care during holidays or school breaks?  There is help and there are options available to you.

The Child Development and Care (CDC) program offered through the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) provides families with payment assistance for child care.  Based on family size and monthly income, the CDC has the potential to help tremendously with your monthly budget.

MDHHS has set rates based on the age of your children and the type of child care provider (child care center, family/group homes, unlicensed provider).  Once this rate is determined, MDHHS will pay a portion of that rate based on the combination of your family size and income. To get an estimate of how much will be covered, you can view the CDC Income Eligibility chart, but even if you are not sure how much will be covered, you are encouraged to apply.

But what if you need child care during hours when most centers are closed?  Are there any licensed or registered providers that offer care during evening, overnight, or weekend work shifts?  The answer is YES.  There are several opportunities throughout Jackson County that offer care during these non-traditional times and that currently have slots available.  To begin your search for providers closest to your home or workplace, visit Great Start to Quality or call Brittany Wright, Family Support Specialist, at (517) 817-0820.  Providers found through Great Start to Quality accept funding awarded through the CDC program.

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