“Anyone who has had a child in recent years knows that one of the biggest costs of starting a family is childcare,” said Rep. Lynn, D-Dover. “It’s tremendously important for parents to be able to go back to work in order to provide for their children, but the cost of childcare can be prohibitive. By extending these benefits to include those Delawareans currently unemployed, we will help parents during this critical time to get back to work while ensuring that their children are cared for in a safe environment.”
Delaware currently receives funds from the 2014 Federal Child Care Development Block Grant for childcare assistance for eligible lower income families through the Child Care Subsidy Program. HB 126, sponsored by Rep. Sean Lynn, would expand the eligibility criteria for this childcare assistance by allowing unemployed parents and guardians to begin receiving child care assistance as they seek new employment opportunities for up to 90 non-consecutive days each year.
SPONSORS: Lynn, Townsend, Henry, Bentz, Q.Johnson, Potter, Williams
HISTORY: Placed in the House Health & Human Development Committee on 4/5/17
STATUS: Waiting on a hearing in committee.