Childcare expenses can take such a large chunk out of a working mom’s paycheck. If you are having a difficult time covering these expenses, help might be out there. Have you considered asking for a scholarship? I know it can be difficult to ask for help. Maybe you think that you make too much money to qualify for assistance? You might just be surprised of the answer, if you do a little research.
When my son was in middle school, I had just begun a new job and was not able to leave work early enough to pick him up after school. He definitely was not ready to stay home by himself and I certainly was not ready for him to do that. I knew that I made too much money to qualify for a government assistance program, but money was still very tight. So I decided to contact private after school programs about scholarships. I was able to secure a 50% scholarship with our local YMCA. We even got the scholarship for their summer program. The application was very easy to fill out.
You have no idea how relieved I was to get this help! All I had to do was set aside my pride and ask.
If you meet certain low income requirements, there are many state childcare assistance programs available. Here in Georgia we have CAPS (Childcare and Parent Services) available to children under the age of 13. The great thing about this program is that you can choose any licensed childcare provider you want.
Private childcare centers often get awarded grant money that they in turn use to offer scholarships.
Is your child already enrolled somewhere? Are times a little tough? Don’t be too prideful to inquire about scholarship programs. I am so glad that I did!
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