The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Wednesday to boost day care assistance for low income families.
Superintendent of Education, John White, said that the BESE’s decision to increase the Child Care Assistance Program was just common sense.
He said, “This is a program for the working poor, but the working poor can’t afford that for years”.
The Child Care Assistance Program subsidizes the cost of child care expenses for low income families.
These changes to the program will increase the dollar amount for available subsidies.
White said, “Increasing the average amount of the assistance the state provides by more than double, it will allow tens and thousands of families to attend child care and to afford child care”.
These increases wont cost us any additional taxes to do it.
The board plans to tap into $10 million of federal aid that is available to make the increase to the program.
Superintendent White says that the Child Care Assistance Program could cause one problem.
He said, “You’re going to have a lot of families taking advantage of this program all over the state and that’s a good problem to have.
Superintendent White also told us that they expect the changes to take affect early next year.