Monday, May 11, 2009

Bredesen announces Vouchers for Daycare

Gov. Phil Bredesen and the Tennessee Department of Human Services announced the creation of a time-limited child care scholarship program for low-income, working families through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Providers at all licensed child care centers and homes across Tennessee are eligible to participate in this one-time, $42 million program.

“This scholarship program is designed to help working families provide their children safe, quality child care,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “The Department of Human Services has created an excellent program to use our valuable child care Recovery Act dollars to reach as many eligible families as quickly as possible.”

Letters are arriving in the mailboxes of all 5,100 licensed child care providers in Tennessee and area Boys & Girls Clubs. The child care agencies will identify families that are not eligible for existing child care assistance programs and have the greatest need to participate in the scholarship program. Providers will have to submit an application and supporting documentation for currently enrolled children or accept newly enrolled children into their programs. They can begin signing up children starting this week.