Child Care Assistance for Low Income Single Parents
Issues Facing Single Parents
Cost of Child Care
The findings are the result from 2009 child care from the State of Texas National Association of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies. Median annual family income $22,152 of single parent (female headed) families with children under the age of 18 years old. Average, annual fees paid for full-time center care for an infant is $7,176 per year. If you divide the annual fee for daycare by 12 months the monthly payment is $598.00 each month. Cost of full-time care for an infant in a daycare center, as percent of median income for single parent (female headed) families with children under 18 years old is 32%. The cost of daycare is not affordable for a one income family not including the other necessities such as rent, utilities, and food for the household. The added financial stress leaves single parents with no option, but to not work and live off of welfare because they cannot afford childcare so they can be able to work. There are options for single moms to work or attend college fill-time and that requires applying and qualifying for government childcare programs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human services in Washington, D.C. has an agency called Administration for Children & Families that distributes federal funds to all fifty states. The grants are under the Child Care and Development Fund that assistance low-income families with child care. The City of San Antonio, Texas allocated the grant and funds in a program (CCS) Child Care Services for Bexar County and 11 surrounding counties. “Parents who receive CCS assistance are required to pay a portion of their cost of care, with the exception of those parents who are receiving TANF and participating in the CHOICES program. The amount of payment is based on the parent’s gross income and the number of children receiving care” (Workforce Solutions Alamo, 2010, ¶3). The qualification for the program is that the single parent must be working or in school a minimum of 25 hours per week.
Those eligible for child care assistance include:
• Parents who are receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF),
• Parents who have recently stopped receiving TANF benefits because of earned income,
• Parents with low incomes who need help paying for child care so they can continue to work or attend school,
• Teen parents from low-income families who need child care to attend school, and
• Parents with low incomes who have children with disabilities.
I would suggest single parents look into their state a find out if their are child care assistance programs for single parents with low income.Having assistance from Government Programs allows the single parent to earn a college degree or work full-time. There is help for families that are currently on Welfare. The important issues facing single parents is financial being able to afford day care and with the Government child care programs there are options for their children to learn and grow in a safe and educational environment while being affordable for the parent.
Texas National Association of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies. (2009). 2009 Child care in the state of: texas. Retrieved July 11, 2010, from http://www.naccrra.org/randd/data/docs/TX.pdf
Workforce Solutions Alamo. (2010). Child care services. Retrieved July 11, 2010, from http://www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org/childcare/default.a