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The Hope for Babies program provides funding to families who are eligible for federal child care subsidies through the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program. Hope for Babies grants bridge the gap between the childcare the families can afford supplemented by the CAPS subsidies and the quality of care that is needed for the full development of their children. Hope for Babies grants may only be used in childcare homes and centers that meet high standards of quality.
As an example, beginning shortly after the birth of a child, Prevent Child Abuse Athens’ Health Families Program provides support and guidance to families who face numerous challenges in fulfilling their parenting role during the child’s first four years. The combination of this support plus access to quality child care through Hope for Babies provides the child with a strong foundation for future development and school success.
Care for Kids ensures that children in families experiencing a housing crisis can be in safe, healthy child care environments while their parents seek employment. Care for Kids child care grants are provided to the , Salvation Army and the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) for families in need of quality childcare services. These agencies provide transitional housing and connect families with resources to help them move toward stable housing, including job readiness skills. Because unemployed parents are not eligible for CAPS subsidies, the Care for Kids grants are essential so that children can be safely in licensed, quality childcare while their parents prepare for and search for employment.
Care for Kids funds can only be used for care in licensed, quality childcare homes and centers that meet state health and safety standards and that are approved by the Nancy Travis Childcare Project.