Kentucky’s Child Care Assistance Program gets increase in funding

Published: Sep. 2, 2016 at 12:33 PM EDT
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More Kentucky families qualify for financial aid to pay for child care thanks to an increase in funding approved by the General Assembly.

The income guidelines used to determine eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program have been updated from the 2011 Federal Poverty Guidelines to the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

The 2016 FPG for a family of four is $3,240 per month. The 2011 FPG for a family of four is $2,794 per month.

The higher income requirement will increase the number of families who qualify for assistance. The change took effect Thursday.

CCAP provides access to quality child care, allowing parents to work, attend school, and/or participate in a Kentucky Works Program activity as a condition of receiving cash assistance.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson said easing the income requirements could help hundreds of struggling families secure the child care that can improve their overall well-being.

“CCAP makes a huge difference for thousands of Kentucky families raising young children,” she said. “We are so grateful to the legislature for this increase that will have lasting, positive effects on our providers, parents and especially children.

More information about CCAP can be found