(WTAJ) – Demand for childcare remains high across the Commonwealth, and the need grows as schools approach the end of the day.
The Community Action Center’s Early Learning Resource Center eases the burden on parents and guardians in finding care and helping with costs. It is a base for the purpose of providing and supporting child-rearing information. Region 6 of the Early Learning Resource Center covers Bedford, Blair, Cumbria, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset.
Child Care Works is one of the programs available to low-income working families to help secure and pay for child care. This is a state and federal program administered by your local Early Learning Resource Center.
Amy Straitiff, Region 6 Director of the Early Learning Resource Center, said the program covers part of the childcare costs. The difference is paid by the family, which is called the family contribution.
“We will help them pay for some of that cost,” Straitiff said. “We try to provide them with state-monitored facilities for health and safety reasons, as well as ratios for children.”
Straitif said the current state of the industry is dire. The industry continues to face the ongoing challenge of talent shortages. Straitif said day care doesn’t attract many applicants because of low salaries and limited health benefits.
Second, the waiting list issue arises as providers must maintain staff-to-child ratios for specific age groups. In addition, their business depends on the number of children enrolled in nurseries at one time.
Qualifications manager Jane Babiak said the program can help single parents, teens, homeless people, parents and anyone in need of childcare. However, you must apply to the program and meet the program’s guidelines, including:
- you must live in pennsylvania
- Have a child who needs child care while working and/or participating in an educational program
- Meet income guidelines based on family size
- Work an average of 20 hours or more per week – or work 10 hours per week and attend an accredited school/training program for 10 hours per week
- Parents of teens only need to attend an educational program to earn a high school diploma or GED.
- Child in need of care must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident alien
- Please have ID for each parent or caretaker in your household.
Babiak said the program’s payments to families depend on family size and income. Your out-of-pocket amount will only change if there is a negative or positive change in your income.
“Once they qualify, the state of Pennsylvania will give them guidelines. So someone with an income between $900 and $2,000 could have a $5 out-of-pocket,” Babiak said. Told. “It goes up every few thousand dollars, which means it can go anywhere from $5 to $100.”
If you meet the guidelines, the ELRC will send you a Child Care Eligibility Notice. He then has 30 days to meet with ELRC officials, select a child care provider, and enroll your child.
Straitif said finding childcare is a challenge for parents today. Their team are experts in finding convenient providers for your family’s needs.
“Parents have a hard time finding them,” says Straitif. “Sometimes it’s out of the way, not on a bus route, or not easily accessible. I can not do it.”
Babiak said their office is also working to provide other resources such as transportation, doctors, doctors and schools. For childcare providers, ELRC offers the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS program. This program helps providers through training and resources to become better providers.
“There is a subsidy so we can work with families to see if they are eligible for childcare. Childcare helps working families stay employed. We can also share resources for the information you need.”
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