Unlock Earning Potential of Low-income Families Through Child Care Assistance
The state budget that took effect July 1, 2016 is $103 million short of what’s needed to implement Georgia’s 2016 child care plans. A proposal approved by federal regulators last spring includes increased income eligibility limits, lowered family co-payments and higher payments to child care providers.
Because the expected cost to implement Georgia’s new child care plan exceeded the budget for the year, the state implemented funding restrictions in August 2016. The funding restrictions prevent any new families from accessing the child care subsidy program, unless they fit within narrow priority categories. To reverse these restrictions and increase access to quality child care, Georgia officials will need to increase the total allocation for the program.
For more information on the benefits of child care assistance, Child Care Assistance: Georgia’s Opportunity to Bolster Working Families, Economy. And for details about child care funding challenges, see Help Needed to Meet Georgia’s Laudable Child Care Goals.