Throughout West Virginia there are a number of Child Care Resource and Referral agencies. They provide assistance and subsidies with paying for child care costs. The program is focused on those low income parents that need help while they work, attend school, or enroll into some form of job training.
The program was created in an effort to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of child care services that are available. The focus is on supporting low income families and the less fortunate who are working towards self-sufficiency. Agencies across the state process applications and can provide information to those who need it.
West Virginia will only pay for a portion of the clients costs. The financial assistance provided will cover the majority of the expenses for their child care. In general, it is available for children from lower income families while parents work, attend training, or who are otherwise unable to provide care on their own. So a subsidy may be offered for parents who are disabled. In addition, West Virginia can also educate residents on selecting appropriate child care providers and they can refer parents to places that offer safe and affordable day care.
Providers can also receive assistance. The program also promotes safe environments that will ensure that the social, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth of children are met. Staff are heavily involved in regulating the companies, persons or programs that care for children age birth to 13. Teenagers and children up to the age of 18 can also receive help if they are disabled or have some type of special needs.
When applying, a number of income and other conditions need to be met by applicants. These can change over time based on government funding levels and other parameters. Some of them may include the following.
In most cases, West Virginia will not pay your entire bill and parents still need to contribute towards the cost as well. This partial payment is known as a subsidy arrangement.
Parents have the ability to select their own day care provider too. They need to chose someone that has been approved in West Virginia. This can include a private company, after school provider, or even approved family members such as uncles. If you need help in locating a safe and approved day care provider, staff from the Child Care Resource and Referral agencies can help with that as well.
More information can be reached by calling Health and Human resources at 1-800-352-6513. Or call a local child care resource agency or social service organization in your county.
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