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Kentucky families struggling with childcare expenses are getting a boost from the state

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Access to childcare is getting easier for families in Kentucky. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced families earning up to 85%of the state median income can receive assistance in paying for childcare.

Terry Brooks is the executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. He said this expansion will help many families in Kentucky.

“Folks who previously had an income that was deemed too high, now can be eligible. We really hope this brings in many, many families that were kinda on the edge.”

He said quality childcare is important, especially early in the child’s life.

“We know that access to high quality childcare helps kids, it not only helps them develop in healthy ways, gets them ready for school, all kinds of positives,” explained Brooks.

Brooks went on to say that good childcare allows parents to reenter the workforce, which benefits families and the whole state.People can check their eligibility and apply for assistance through the Child Care Assistance Program or CCAP.

Stan Ingold is WEKU's News Director. He has worked in public broadcasting for 18 years, starting at Morehead State Public Radio before spending the past 10 years at Alabama Public Radio. Stan has been honored with numerous journalism awards for his public radio reporting.
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