Tens of thousands of families across Arizona receive child and day care assistance from the DES Child Care program. The purpose of this government agency is to assist eligible, low income families and parents with paying for both child and day care costs. By supporting families with these expenses, it will allow the parents to participate in employment and specific job training activities. Or the parent can be pursuing education opportunities related to either their current employment or the child care provided may help them find a job in a different field. In addition, assistance is provided in certain other circumstances when parents are unable to provide the child care themselves.
Families who participate may also choose from a variety of child care providers that are located across the state of Arizona. This can include private care providers, Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) licensed centers, DES-certified small family or group child care homes. In some instances, and after being pre-approved, the state may allow non-certified relatives to provide the family with the day care they need.
There are conditions that need to be met in order to be eligible for assistance and this government subsidy. They include those listed below. The Arizona DES Child Care Services may be provided to struggling families for the following needs.
Child care expenses are paid for a portion of a 24-hour day when neither parent is available to provide the care due to participation in those eligible activities or needs that are listed above.
There are additional conditions to be eligible for financial aid, and those requirements vary with each unique program. Some of the assistance programs will have household income eligibility requirements based both on gross income and family size, and most may also require that family to pay a portion of the child care costs if the expenses exceed a certain level.
The Department of Economic Services will also contract and certify with small family child care homes in order to make the program as wide ranging as possible. The state of Arizona will contract with the Department of Health Services (DHS) licensed child care centers, partner with group homes and also work closely with non-certified relative providers to provide services for eligible families.
Last but not least, DES Child Care will also provide direct funding to also increase the availability and improve the quality of child care providers and the services the companies offer. They strive to provide leadership for statewide coordination and collaboration of various programs. They will also put resources into early childhood development initiatives and associated programs. The state works towards providing the highest quality care to as many families as possible.
Contact Arizona DES at 602-542-4248 to learn more about child care assistance.
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