DANVILLE — Families may not know they are eligible for subsidized child care.
Child Care Information Services of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland counties helps families find and pay for quality care.
“Dollars have come through a grant from Danville Child Development Center awarded this year and administered through our agency,” said Joanne Blass, director of Child Care Information Services for the three counties. The grant is from state and federal dollars.
She said there had been a long waiting list in Columbia County for services and that changed rapidly when funding was received through the consolidation of child care information services offices.
“The state has saved money, the waiting lists are gone and people can apply,” she said.
The agency has funds to help pay for child care for working families with low incomes and teen parents as long as they are in school. Working families need to be working an average of 20 hours a week and meet income guidelines, she said.
The most recent figure she has shows her office serving 780 children in Columbia, Montour and Northumberland counties.
Child Care Information Services serves children from birth through their 13th birthday. To be eligible for a subsidy, a family is considered to include all children, their parents or guardians and/or the children’s step-parent.
The work requirement can include at least 10 hours a week of work with 10 hours of training or schooling. Teen parents attending high school do not have to meet the work requirement.
Household income must be within the guidelines established by the state Department of Public Welfare.
Household members must be ineligible for child care benefits through the county assistance office and cannot be receiving cash assistance through the assistance office.
Families coming off cash assistance are eligible for immediate assistance from child care information services provided they meet eligibility requirements.
Child care Information Services follows DPW subsidized child care eligibility regulations to determine eligibility.
Parents pay a weekly family co-payment for child care based on family size and income. The provider may charge additional fees to the parent.