Thousands of Georgia families will get new help with childcare through an expansion of the state’s Childcare and Parent Services program.
Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that the CAPS program, which helps families with the cost of childcare, will expand to 10,000 more children beginning Nov. 1.
New guidelines will increase the entry income threshold from 50% of the State Median Income to 85%. The expansion, which continues through October 1, 2024, utilizes funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
CAPS will also change the eligibility of people in the “very low income” priority group from 50% of the federal poverty level to 150% of the federal poverty level, which will vastly increase the number of eligible families.
According to Childcare Aware of America, the average annual price for full-time infant care in a child care center in Georgia is approximately $8,729 or $168/week.
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