Apply for Childcare Assistance Programs
One of the biggest challenges parents face is finding affordable child care. It is usually incredibly expensive, often forcing parents to make some very difficult choices. Even for those who can afford it, quality daycare centers often have long waiting lists, so good care can be hard to come by.
If you find yourself in need of child care assistance and you qualify for government subsidy programs, you need to know how to apply and get the help you need.
Federally, Head Start and Early Head Start are programs that exist to help children under the age of five prepare for school. To enroll, you should contact the staff at your local Head Start office. They will give you all of the necessary information required, including what paperwork you need to complete the application. To find an office located in your community, call 1-866-763-6481, or visit Head Start Programs.
Your child care assistance options at the state level may vary, depending on where you live. If you need to apply for state-subsidized aid, you should contact the state government agency in charge of administering the assistance program. In many cases, this is the Department of Human Services or a similar agency. To find the proper entity in your state, visit the National Child Care Information Center website.
In addition to federal and state aid, you may also qualify for local assistance through your town, city or county government. To find out more, visit a local social worker and ask about opportunities for affordable child care. You should also check the websites of your local municipalities, which almost always have information on the programs you need.
ChildcareCenter.us allows parents looking for quality, subsidized childcare locations to search a complete directory of providers at no cost. The site features reviews from other parents, as well as contact information for local referral resources so parents can find places to get additional information in their respective counties.