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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Child care assistance is increased
The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) has announced a program to help families pay for the cost of child care and incentivizing more providers across the state. Beginning in April, DHS will raise the weekly reimbursement rates for all providers who take part in the state’s Child Care Certificate Program. This rate increase is the first for child care providers since 2008. Through the Smart Steps Program, TDHS provides child care financial assistance to families who are working or pursuing post-secondary education and who meet certain income eligibility requirements. The Child Care Certificate Program also serves teen parents enrolled in high school. Additional categories of child care payment assistance are available to families who take part in the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Families First, and children in foster care. Under this reimbursement rate change, providers will receive: 35% increase in weekly reimbursement rates for infant and toddler care, and a 20% increase in weekly reimbursement rates for pre-school and school age care. By raising the reimbursement rates, TDHS hopes that more providers will join the program, resulting in more choices for families seeking quality child care. .Parents seeking information about enrolling in the Child Care Certificate Program should visit the TDHS website https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/for-families/child-care-services/child-care-payment-assistance.html

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