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YMCA - State subsidies go unused By Melinda Morales...
State subsidies go unused By Melinda Morales Times-Delta Times-Delta Times-Delta For the first time, the Visalia YMCA's child-care child-care child-care program doesn't have enough children. And state grant money that helps pay for child care will go unused if parents parents don't take advantage of it. Branch' Clark, youth and family services director of the Visalia YMCA, said the centers can take in as many as 200 more children children with the money available. The Visalia YMCA received an influx of money money late last year from the California Department of Education's Child Development Development Division that has yet to be completely distributed. distributed. The child-care child-care child-care program exhausted its money in April 1. The YMCA used money from other funds to keep the child care programs running. running. Clark applied for and received a new grant worth more than $330,000. "It came in, but not until December," Clark said. "So now we're sitting on a surplus." Full-fee Full-fee Full-fee child care at the YMCA and its school-based school-based school-based sites runs $330 a month for full-time full-time full-time care and $180 a month for part-time part-time part-time care. Part-time Part-time Part-time child care typically consists of before- before- and after-school after-school after-school programs. For families who cannot afford the full fee scale, subsidy money can help offset the costs of care. Rebecca Jennings, public public relations director at . 1 U Curtis Johnson, 4, plays with YMCA. Information Contact the Visalia YMCA's enrollment office at 627-0700 627-0700 627-0700 to find out if you qualify for subsidized child care. the Visalia YMCA, said a sliding scale is used to determine the costs based on family income and the number of children in the home. "For example, a family with three children that earns $30,000 a year would pay less than $8 a day for all three children," she said. Subsidy rates run approximately $3.50 a day for full-time full-time full-time care for the first child, then drop to $L75 a day or lower for subsequent children. -V- -V- -V- A - - a toy train during preschool day The subsidy money is generally available to children children in a wide variety of circumstances, including those in foster care, child welfare services, children whose parents are enrolled in job-training job-training job-training courses or job searches, and even those whose families, for medical reasons, reasons, cannot care for a child at home. It helps low-income low-income low-income families who are working, in job training training or going to school, and it helps families of children children who are develop-mentally develop-mentally develop-mentally or physically disabled. disabled. Clark said the only families families who don't qualify are essentially those whose children stay home and just want to pay for occasional occasional child care. The problem, Clark said, is that many families tut Stew R. FuiimotoTtmes-Delta FuiimotoTtmes-Delta FuiimotoTtmes-Delta - care activities at the Visalia assume they earn too much to qualify for subsidized subsidized care. "Almost no one thinks they qualify," she said. Michele Morrow was one of those people who, as a single parent, was being pinched by child-care child-care child-care costs until she was encouraged to apply for assistance. Both of her children, a kindergartner and a fifth-grader, fifth-grader, fifth-grader, attended attended Veva Blunt Elementary School, a YMCA child-care child-care child-care site. "I requested an application application and was elated to discover discover that I did indeed qualify for subsidized funding assistance," she said. "Had I not made that call and completed the application process, I don't know what I would have done." See YMCA3C

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  1. Visalia Times-Delta,
  2. 10 Apr 2002, Wed,
  3. Page 15

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