The government funds a program which offers financial help to families with low income in order to pay for child care costs.
If you are eligible for a grant like this, then you should get familiar with the way the program works. A part of the child care cost is paid by the government and this is called subsidy payment, and the other half is paid by you and this is called family co-pay. Both of these child care payments go directly to the program.
To get this type of grant you need to apply for it. Some of the requirements for this type of grant are the following ones
- Having a child while working or attending school, meeting some of the money requirements, for example, the limit of how much money you should be earning, in order to be able to receive a grant and proper child care. If you are working, then it should be 20 hours or more, or work for 10 hours but also study another 10 hours.
- Teen parents who attend some kind of school programs are also eligible for a child care financial help. The important thing to know is that the child must be a legal citizen of the US, either born in the US or an alien who has received all the paperwork needed and is now a legal citizen of the US.
- The age of the children is also important. This child care grant can be used until your child reaches 13 years of age. When it comes to children with disabilities, then it can be up to 18 years.
The amount that the parent will pay for the family co-pay can be as low as $5 a week. It depends on the number of members in your family and also financial background and salaries earned.
Facilities that will help you with the child care can be found on the internet very easily. All the information about the programs of these facilities is there for you to read.
The easiest way to determine if you are eligible for a child care grant is to calculate your salary and your expenses for day care. If you spend more than half of your monthly income for day care, then you will be eligible for a grant.
When applying, you need to be sure that the center which has provided day care for your children, accepts grants, because if they do not, then you’ll have to look another day care center. Centers that are not connected to the government will not accept a child with a grant for childcare. These centers that accept Government grants are well known and almost always full so you may be put on a waiting list.
The effort and patience required will be worth it, once you receive your grant.