To: Lora Mochinski, Program Coordinator
From: Shannon Talbot, UWT student
Subject: A proposed change for the eligibility requirements for the childcare assistance program
Date: October 7, 2013
The purpose of this memo is to propose a change in the eligibility requirements for the childcare assistant program. The proposed change is of the type of care the child must be in in order to receive this assistance.
I’d like to work with you to change the requirement of “child must be in the care of a state licensed childcare provider through the department of early learning” because it denies assistance to families who need this assistance.
When talking to many students on campus about childcare, one will find that many of their problems are that childcare costs are too high. Some solutions are ether a friend or family to watch their kids for much less money than a facility; or they find other ways to cut the cost. I’ve heard things from cutting out full time jobs because they couldn’t bring in enough money to cover the cost of childcare and school, to finding less quality care. The article The Future of Children published by Princeton University, states “the majority of welfare mothers tend to rely on informal child care arrangements”. They say it is not until they are in a more stable job that they are likely to choose a care center.
The eligibility requirements now say that the “child must be in the care of a state licensed childcare provider through the department of early learning”. I would propose to find a way to get rid of that requirement. Whether this requirement is to make sure the funds are going to childcare or it is a state requirement, it does not help most families. The fund is to try and help fill the gap for need. Having four kids, three under the age of 5, if I were to put my children in a state licensed childcare, it would only serve to double or more my gap need.
I’d like to work with you to try and find a way to change this requirement. I realize this may be a state requirement not a UWT requirement, and if so maybe you could work with me to find the appropriate people to talk to for making the change at the state level.
Please contact me: