We are partnering with Kentucky Youth Advocates and other early childhood advocates to once again survey child care providers who serve families in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). This survey is to find out how funding and policy changes are affecting providers and families. Even if you completed the initial survey in March, we ask that you complete it again so we can see how new answers differ. The more information we can share with federal and state policymakers on the positive impacts of these changes, the more likely they are to continue investing in child care.
Please take 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey by Friday, September 27 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X6RR7SC.
Here is a summary of the child care funding and policy changes made in Kentucky:
Kentucky received $42 million additional dollars through the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant. Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services decided to use those funds for CCAP to: raise provider reimbursement rates to the 40th percentile of market rates, increase the exit eligibility levels at redetermination from 165% to 200% of the federal poverty level, remove the 20-hour work requirement for parents enrolled in full-time postsecondary education or training (effective July 1, 2019), help cover the cost of background checks for providers, and support child care for children in foster care. For more information visit https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dcbs/dcc/Pages/default.aspx.