CHILDCARE
CHILD
CARE
ASSISTANCE
PROGRAMS




CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CCAP)

CHILD CARE GRANTS FOR PARENTS

CHILD CARE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM

CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM RELATED TOPICS

NIFA PROGRAM CHILD CARE & AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

NATIONAL CHILD CARE INFORMATION (NCCIC)

CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE LINKS



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SECTION 1




CHILD
CARE
ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM
(CCAP)




The Child Care Assistance Program helps low-income families pay for
child care while working or attending school or training.

Monthly payments are based on the number of hours the parents work
or attend school or training, as well as the amount charged by the
child care provider, family size and household income.

Parents can select any Class A child care center, school-based before
and after school program, licensed child care center determined by the
Department of Defense, registered Family Child Day Care Home, or
In-Home provider active in the CCAP provider directory.



Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=136



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SECTION 2




CHILD
CARE
GRANTS
FOR
PARENTS




The U.S. government has a great interest in maintaining employment,
education and child care. The state and federal governments make a
considerable amount of funding available to low-income parents so
they may afford quality child care services while they work or
attend school. If you have young children at home while you work
or attend school, you may be eligible to qualify for child care
grants for parents.



Applying

No matter what city or state you live in, your local Department
of Health and Human Services (DHS) can direct you to a variety
of resources to help low-income parents afford quality child care.
Working parents can apply for day care grants directly through
their local DHS or Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
office.

If you need your children cared for while you are attending college,
most colleges and universities offer the same child care assistance
grant applications through their financial aid departments.



Eligibility

To qualify for any type of child care grants, you must verify a need
for assistance and have a low income according to current national
guidelines. You must be working or attending school -- at least
part-time -- and only those work or school hours will be considered
in determining your eligibility.

Contact your local DHS office to see what the current income guidelines
are to receive child care grants. Typically, if your income is low enough
to qualify for other government benefits such as social security, Medicaid,
food stamps or temporary assistance to needy families (TANF), it's probably
low enough to qualify for child care grants. However, it is not a requirement
that you are enrolled in such programs to apply for a grant.



Providers

You will have several child care providers from which to choose when applying
a day care grant to your child's tuition. Each state creates a roster of
state-approved child care providers that accept government funding. Each provider
on the roster has been evaluated by DCFS for safety and sanitation.

Hundreds of community head start programs, home day care providers, nursery schools
and accredited religious and private schools accept child care grants as payment.
Obtain a listing of child care providers in your area that accept government grants
by contacting your local DHS or DCFS office.



How It Works


When you are approved for a child care grant, you will be awarded a lump sum each
month, quarter or year, depending on state guidelines. If your grant does not cover
the full cost of tuition, you are required to arrange a payment plan with your
provider to cover the balance, which is typically broken down into weekly or monthly
payments. Award amounts are based on a number of factors including income, household
size and number of hours you work or attend school.



National Child Care Grant Agencies

Though different states have several different names for their child care grant
programs, they all work basically the same and are readily available to needy
low-income parents. For example, in New York, you can visit the Child Care
Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency, Illinois and Kentucky parents can find
assistance through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and in Wisconsin,
the "Wisconsin Shares" program can help.

No matter where you live, your local DHS or DCFS office or your college
financial aid counselor can direct you to the appropriate agency.



Child Care Grants for Parents
http://www.ehow.com/info_8066929_child-care-grants-parents.html#ixzz2KBAueGNj



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SECTION 3




CHILD
CARE
FINANCIAL
ASSISTANCE
PROGRAMS




Child care financial assistance programs offer financial aid
for parents to help pay for child day care. Because of the
rising cost of care for children, governments, employers and
organizations offer financial assistance to parents in need.

These entities also believe that by guaranteeing parents that
their child is enrolled in quality day care, they are able to
perform more productively at work.

Qualifications and requirements differ by state.



Child Care Financial Assistance Programs
http://www.ehow.com/list_6937203_child-care-financial-assistance-programs.html#ixzz2KBDTwKRT



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SECTION 4




CHILD
NUTRITION
PROGRAM




The Food and Nutrition Service administers several programs that
provide healthy food to children including the National School
Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult
Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh
Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Special Milk Program.

Administered by State agencies, each of these programs helps fight
hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools,
child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy
meals to children.



Child Nutrition Programs
http://www.fns.usda.gov/child-nutrition-programs



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SECTION 5




CHILD
NUTRITION
PROGRAM
RELATED
TOPICS




Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/care/

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/FFVP/default.htm

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Lunch/

School Breakfast Program (SBP)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Breakfast/Default.htm

Special Milk Program (SMP)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Milk/Default.htm

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer/

Farm to School
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/F2S/Default.htm

Healthier School Day
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/healthierschoolday/default.htm

Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/HealthierUS/index.html

Team Nutrition
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/



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SECTION 6




NIFA
PROGRAM
CHILD CARE
&
AFTER-SCHOOL
PROGRAM




Most of today's children and youth will spend more time in
child care and after-school programs than in formal education.
NIFA provides resources and national leadership to Land-Grant
Universities to conduct research, education, and extension
programs that will increase the quantity and improve the quality
of child care (early care and education), school-age care
(after-school), and teen out-of-school programs.



NIFA Program Child Care & After-School Programs
http://www.nifa.usda.gov/childcareafterschoolprograms.cfm



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SECTION 7




NATIONAL
CHILD CARE
INFORMATION
CENTER
(NCCIC)




The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a project of
the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF),
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a national
resource that links information and people to complement, enhance, and
promote the child care delivery system, working to ensure that all
children and families have access to high-quality comprehensive services.



NCCIC activities include:


• Dissemination of child care information in response to requests
from states, territories, and tribes; other policy makers; child
care organizations; providers; business communities; parents; and
the general public.

•Outreach to ACF child care grantees and the broader child care
community via a toll-free 800 phone and fax, and through mail
and electronic media to provide the following information and
connections: •Electronic resources and databases.

•Clearinghouses and national organizations.

• Sources of child care financing.

•Current research.

• State, territorial, and tribal program activities.

• Promising practices.


• Other child care resources.

•The Child Care Bulletin, published each year and distributed to
federal agencies, ACF child care grantees, national child care
organizations, and others interested in child care issues. The
NCCIC also develops and disseminates publications on key child
care issues.

•Child care linkages. The NCCIC convenes quarterly meetings of
the National Child Care Organizations work group to collect
information and resources on current activities.

•State Technical Assistance. Working closely with ACF Regional
offices, the NCCIC provides technical assistance to states
through a network of state technical assistance specialists.

• National Leadership Forums provide an opportunity for experts
from across the country to participate in one-day conferences
on critical issues affecting children and families.

•QUILT - Quality in Linking Together an initiative developed by
the Head Start and Child Care Bureaus to support early education
partnerships. The QUILT team includes Community Development
Institute (CDI) and Education Development Center (EDC). Technical
assistance hotline: 877-867-8458.



National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC)
http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/family/part/childcare_part_nccic.html



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SECTION 8




CHILD CARE
ASSISTANCE
LINKS




American Public Human Services Association
http://www.aphsa.org/Home/home_news.asp

Assistance Paying for Child Care
http://www.childcarehelpline.org/assistance-paying-for-child-care.php

Child Care Assistance Grants
http://www.livestrong.com/article/213974-child-care-assistance-grants/

Child Care Assistance Program
http://www.childrenshomeandaid.org/Page.aspx?pid=317

Child Care Programs
http://www.singlemom.com/child-care-programs/

Child Care Resource Center
http://www.ccrcinc.org/index.php

Childhelp
http://www.childhelp.org/

Child Welfare Information Gateway
http://www.childwelfare.gov/

Department of Health and Human Services DHHS
http://www.hhs.gov/

Families
http://www.hhs.gov/children/index.html

National Association For Family Child Care
http://nafcc.org/

National Child Care Association
http://www.nccanet.org/

National Child Care Connection
http://www.nationalchildcareconnection.com/index.html

National Child Care Information Center
http://www.nncc.org/EO/nccic.employercc.doc.pdf

National Resource Center for Child Protective Services NRCCPS
http://nrccps.org/

Office of Child Care
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ/

State aid and government assistance programs
http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/state_aid_and_assistance_progr.html

United States Department of Health and Human Services HHS.gov
http://www.hhs.gov/



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Difference Between
http://www.differencebetween.info/




Education.com
http://www.education.com/




Academic Educational Encyclopedia
Free Online educational encyclopedia
http://academickids.com/




Nick Jr.
http://www.nickjr.com/




Highlights Kids.com
http://www.highlightskids.com/




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