Last spring, Congress delivered an historic increase in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) at a critical time for children and families in Kentucky. The Bevin Administration is utilizing the additional $42 million to cover identified gaps in access to high-quality child care. Last December, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced that it would increase provider payment rates, increase eligibility at re-certification so that parents do not suddenly lose child care assistance when they get a promotion or better paying job, remove a 20-hour work requirement for parents enrolled in post-secondary education or training, pay for background checks, and cover child care assistance for children in foster care. The CCDBG investments will impact child care centers in most Kentucky counties.
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