30 Percent Increase Will Help Fund Child Care Program for Low-Income Residents

The number one barrier to work for low-income families is access to child care. This has prompted the state to make an additional $23 million available to low-income Hoosiers to cover child care expenses in the state’s fiscal year in 2014. This is an increase of 58 percent from 2013.

Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration recently made the decision to make the maximum transfer from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to supplement the Child Care Development Fund.

More than 400,000 children from 21,000 families receive child care subsidies from the federal government’s Child Care Development Fund. The additional funding will move nearly 4,800 children off the current waiting list.

The Family and Social Services Administration is transferring $62,039,733 which will help serve approximately 4,500 additional children on average per month.