The Child Care Subsidy Program is designed to promote economic self-sufficiency and child development by assisting families with the cost of providing substitute parental care, protection, guidance, and early childhood education. Policies and strategies are intended to educate parents and promote informed decision-making when selecting a child care provider; to provide low-income families with financial assistance to find affordable, quality child care for their children; and to support parents trying to achieve independence from public assistance.
TANF child care provides subsidies for TANF recipients to support their employment, enable participation in VIEW activities or in approved education or training, and for child protective services. Transitional child care provides up to 12 months of child care subsidies following closure of the TANF case for income-eligible, employed clients. Fee child care requires co-payment by clients and provides child care subsidies for income-eligible, non-TANF families to support their employment, approved education or training, or for child protective services.
Staff allowance is the amount provided to localities towards the administrative costs of determining child care eligibility.
This scholarship program is intended to increase child care quality by providing tuition assistance for child care providers to take early childhood development courses at Virginia institutions of higher education. Courses are paid through funding provided by the federal Child Care and Development Fund and are state-appropriated for this program up to $600,000. Recipients must be either: (1) an employee of a child care program located in Virginia; or (2) domiciled in Virginia as defined in the Code of Virginia §23-7.4 and (i) employed in a child care program outside of Virginia or (ii) have declared an intent to become employed in child care.
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