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Revised Child Care Eligibility to Improve Oklahoman's Lives

Did you know that over 60 percent of children from birth to five-years-old have working parents? Or that 94 percent of parents seeking child care need full time care? And even though the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) offers assistance with subsidized care, only one in six families receives assistance. See our FY18 Annual Report for more details.

That’s why revisions to Appendix C-4 of the Child Care Eligibility/Co-Payment Chart could be a game changer. These proposed revisions will better align child care subsidy qualifications with current minimum wage standards and no longer penalize families based on size. When in effect, this family-shared co-payment schedule will draw money directly from a federal block grant to DHS.

Kathy Cronemiller, OPSR board member and owner of six licensed child care centers, said that if possible having this in place by March would be significant as this month many families need more child care due to spring break.

“Many people may not know that paying for child care right now is more expensive than paying for college. So for young families this is going to be huge. They’ll be able to access quality child care instead of settling for unlicensed care for their children,” she said.

So, why hasn’t Appendix C-4 been implemented yet? Due to a rule change, Governor Stitt must sign off on the revision before it can go into effect.

If you’re interested in helping Governor Stitt make this a priority, you can do so by writing or calling his office at the following contact information.

Governor Kevin Stitt
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-521-2342
Fax: 405-521-3353

To learn more about how DHS helps pay for child care, look at these frequently asked questions. Or visit OKDHS Live to find out if you’re eligible for benefits.