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Alabama parents no longer wait years to get help paying for childcare

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Dec 12 2018 8:32 AM

Alabama parents will no longer have to wait three years or more to get help paying for child care.


Earlier this year, the federal government gave Alabama an extra $40 million through the Child Care Development Fund. It’s a 76 percent increase over last year.


The Alabama Department of Human Resources, which oversees child care licensing and administers the grant money, has used the bulk of it to virtually eliminate the waiting list for child care subsidies to low-income families.


“It used to be that you’d better get on the waiting list before you even think about having a baby,” said Joan Wright, executive director of Childcare Resources of Birmingham, a nonprofit that assists parents with finding and affording child care. Now, she said, children are waiting just a few weeks to be approved.


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