Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Guidance Document Change: The overarching goal of the Child Care Subsidy Program is to improve equitable access to high quality affordable child care options for eligible families, ultimately improving children’s school readiness for kindergarten. Virginia will accomplish this implementing policies and processes that: 1. Are flexible and responsive to families’ needs and realities; 2. Prioritize higher levels of support to families with the fewest resources; and 3. Ensure families have equal access to the broad array of child care options. Child care services are child-centered, family-focused services that support the family goals of economic self-sufficiency and child development by providing for the supervision, protection and well-being of the child while the parent is participating in an approved activity. The purpose of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care services. Toward this end, guidance and service strategies are designed to meet the following goals: 1. To provide low-income and otherwise eligible families with the financial resources to find and afford quality child care. 2. To ensure that the child care program contributes to the broader objective of self-sufficiency. 3. To provide child care to children with parents who are trying to achieve independence from public assistance. 4. To promote parental choice in the selection of child care. 5. To empower working parents to make their own decisions regarding the child care that best suits their family’s needs. 6. To provide consumer education to help parents make informed choices about child care. 7. To ensure that subsidy dollars are provided to the neediest families. 8. To enhance the quality as defined by VQB5, Virginia’s new statewide measurement and improvement system, and increase the supply of child care for all families. 9. To improve the coordination among child care programs and early childhood development programs in partnership with Virginia’s Ready Regions. 10. To design a flexible program that provides for the changing needs of recipient families and engage families in their children's development and learning. 11. To provide uninterrupted services to families and providers, to the extent of available funding, to support parental education, training, job search, and employment and continuity of care that minimizes disruptions to children's learning and development.
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8/31/22  9:41 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Childcare Subsidy

I applied for the subsidy childcare program for our three children,
ages 6, 3 and 1. We were told that we missed the cutoff for childcare assistance by $350.00. As you can imagine, this is very disheartening and disappointing to our family of five. My husband and I both work full time jobs, pay our bills, are involved in our community, church and are upstanding citizens. We are trying to make ends meet, provide for our children, and set an example of what hard working Americans look like. Middle class is no longer middle class. There are also other factors that go into not being able to afford childcare such as insanely high medical bills that we endured last year. Between the repercussions of medical bills mixed with raising childcare prices, inflation with our income NOT reflecting the cost of living these days, you can imagine we’d like the same opportunities to have childcare help! It’s unfair that because we make $350 over the “limit”, we are not eligible or allowed to have help. There has to be something you can do to reconsider us hardworking families that are trying to best by our children, live paycheck to paycheck and barely make ends meet . 

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