Free Child Care Assistance - How to Get Government Help
The High Cost of Childcare
Free child care assistance, is needed by many low-income working families. The Human Services Child Care Assistance Program, (CCAP), helps low-income families with child care assistance. This assistance is beneficial in helping young mothers, go back to school to get a better job, or a mothers already working, This article will tell you what you need to do to get help.
Childcare, is the single most important things necessary to help single mothers remain working? It can easily take up to 50% of you gross income, for childcare placement; especially if your have more than one young child.
Many women find that unless they have a high salaried job, it is cheaper to stay at home and try to live on their husband's salary. What if you are the only income your family has? Good news! You may be eligible to get government help for, child care.
I remember when my son was a baby, and I both worked and went to school, it was very difficult and could not have done it without the child care assistance community program that, helped me pay for daycare.
Getting Child Care Assistance
How to get free government help: Go to your local Department of Social Services, call or go online to apply for child care assistance.
Simply submit a completed application to your local Health and Welfare office. You may use the office-finder to assist you in finding your local office.
You may also go directly to your local office and apply there. At the office you'll have an opportunity to talk with someone about your household situation and your needs so that you can make an informed choice about any services you want to receive.
If you choose to go to your local office, be sure you have the proper documentation for you and the children you want to place in childcare. You will need information to verify your income, expenses, resources, etc. Taking these documents with you will speed up the time it takes us to process your application for childcare assistance.
The department of Socials Services will also give you a list of agencies and individuals who work with the program to provide childcare vouches.
Waiting for Child Care Assistance
There are so many low-income women needing child care assistance, there is usually a waiting list. It is important to begin registering you child or children months or even a year before you need it. Talk to the Department of Social Service and get a list of child care providers in your area. Call around, and find out, if they have a waiting list, if there is a waiting list, and how long the list is. This way you have an idea of how long your will have to wait to get your little darling in child care.
Other Child care Assistance Options
Community networking: There is a large community of working women. Talk to your friends who have children. If you work days and your friend works night, consider swapping free daycare services.
Family: Consider asking non-working family member to care for your children while you work. Pay them a reasonable amount in return. It will still be cheaper than outside day care.
Never leave your children with anyone you do not know well or feel uncomfortable with.
This Hub was last updated on March 16, 2013
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