Boost in child care aid for 15,000 takes effect

BATON ROUGE — A state push to make quality child care more affordable for about 15,000 low-income families takes effect this month.

State Superintendent of Education John White says the changes will trim weekly out-of-pocket expenses for most low-income families by 60 percent, liberalizes eligibility rules and will be financed through a federal grant.

The program is called the Child Care Assistance Program.

The Advocate reports it helps pay for the cost of child care for children from birth to 4 years old while parents are at work, school or in job training.

The new policy stems in part from a 2012 state law that is overhauling Louisiana’s child care system, which was often criticized as a costly, fragmented setup with uneven quality.

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the changes in August.

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