SANTA FE, N.M. — More than 750 families on a waiting list to participate in the Child Care Assistance Program were publicly invited by Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday to reapply, after the cap on family income was raised – essentially clearing the waiting list.
The state Children, Youth and Families Department, which administers the Child Care Assistance Program, has sent letters to the 750 families on the waiting list, informing them of their acceptance as long as they reapply by May 31, Martinez said.
There are currently about 18,000 families in the program, getting subsidies that help defray the cost of child care. In addition to family income, the subsidized amount is dependent on the size of the family, age of the child, the type of child care, the location of the program, and the rating of the child care program as determined by the Look for the Stars Quality Rating System.
The announcement, timed with national Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month, was made during a news conference at Noah’s Ark Children’s Center in Albuquerque, a five-star rated facility.