Grant Offers Unemployed Parents Assistance with Child Care Expenses

OGDEN, Utah – In these difficult economic times, one of the challenges for parents who find themselves unemployed is what to do with their kids while they are actively looking for work.

In an effort to help unemployed parents seeking work, the state of Utah has created the Kids in Care program, housed in the Department of Child and Family Studies at Weber State University. The program is being administered by Child Care Resource and Referral Northern Region (CCR&R).

“The availability of child care is a key factor for those needing to research, apply and interview for jobs in a professional manner,” said Leslie Trottier, CCR&R program coordinator.

Trottier said the Kids in Care program received $75,000 in funding for this fiscal year, which ends June 30. Plenty of funds remain.

Parents who are seeking employment may qualify for up to 100 hours of paid child care per family to cover time spent on specific job search activities. Support is available to families in Davis, Morgan and Weber counties. Similar programs are available for residents in other regions of the state. Participants may choose a state-regulated child care provider in a home or center that fits their needs.

Applications are available online at Interested parents also may call 801-626-7861 for paperwork and additional information.

Funding for the Kids in Care program has been made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Office of Work and Family Life, and Office of Child Care.

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Leslie Trottier, program coordinator Child Care Resource & Referral
801-626-7861 •
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 •