The Child Care Subsidy Scholarship Program is designed to assist eligible families, residing in Wilson County with childcare financial assistance for children birth to five. Eligible families must be working or attending an accredited college or university to obtain a degree. The Childcare Subsidy Program may also provide a bridge for families that are Division of Child Development and Early Education eligible but, are waiting for an appointment with Department of Social Services as well as providing temporary emergency care if funding is available. In addition, families must meet income guidelines and other requirements and have a need for child care. Families are allowed to seek care for their children from any child care facility that has a 4- or 5-star rated license. However, 3-star licensed child care facilities may be used if no high quality slots exist convenient to the parents’ location or if using 4- or 5-star care would disrupt consistency of care for the child. Half-time (50%) care, Three-fourth (75%) care, and Full-time (100%) care are available and are determined by the number of hours the family is employed and/or attending a degree-seeking program at an accredited college/university. Families are required to pay ten (10) percent of their gross monthly income for child care cost each month to the child care provider. Subsidy is available upon contingent of funds. If funding is not available, the family’s pertinent information will be entered into the Subsidy database/waiting list. When family’s name is reached on waiting list, an interest letter will be mailed to address provided. Once the Subsidy database/waiting list has been exhausted, scholarships will be provided on a first come, first serve basis for families who meet guidelines.
Success Story 1:
Although her family income is modest, Ashley, a Pre-k teacher at a local childcare, assumed that she would never qualify for childcare assistance to help pay for her 3 small children (a 2 ½ year old and 1 year old twins). Getting paid once a month was a struggle for her family and paying childcare was becoming out of the question. But, after hearing a friend discuss Wilson county Partnership for Children’s Subsidy Program, she decided to give it a try.
After submitting her childcare application, Ashley was contacted stating that she was approved. “I was elated when I received the call. I didn’t think I would get anything, but I decided it was worth trying because things were getting really tight,” recalls Ashley.
Once approved, Ashley came into the office for her interview in which the parent’s responsibilities and guidelines are discussed and reviewed. At that time, she was given the opportunity to ask questions and receive her childcare vouchers in which she had the choice of choosing a 3, 4, or 5 star childcare facility. “This program has really helped my family and has ceased my worries of the well-being of my children while I am away at work, “ states Ashley. “In the process, they are learning and developing through high quality experiences that will lay the foundation for later success in life” says Ashley. “This assistance has made things much better now. Paying the monthly parent fee is no comparison to the total amount that I would have to pay for 3 children without assistance.” She adds, “I don’t know what I would do without this program. It has been a lifesaver for my family. I hope it continues for a long time to come.”
Success Story 2:
A single parent with 2 children wrote: I recently started my job which requires me to be on a 2 year probation. My Mom keeps my children right now while I work. But, my mother also has a life such as doctors’ appointments and church obligations. All of these things have impacted my job already, because I have had to take a few days off of work just to care for my children while my mom takes care of her business. I’ve received a verbal warning about the need to take these days off. I’ve had to explain to them that I was trying to get my children in daycare. I really need childcare services for my 2 small kids. Having my kids taken care of permanently and daily while I work would be a heavy burden lifted off of me. Wilson County Partnership for Children’s childcare program has been a real help to me and my two children and I appreciate all of you!