Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, October 9, 2021

The Issue With Mississippi's Child Care Program And Pandemic Funds Might Help

From Winona Times:

Mississippi’s Child Care Development Fund is a federal block-grant program that provides child care assistance to working parents earning up to 85% of the state’s median income, $45,937 for a family of three.

Congress bumped Mississippi’s allocation up to around $90 million for 2018 and 2019, and the state received nearly $145 million in 2020 due to pandemic relief, allowing the state to serve an estimate of up to 30% of income-eligible kids currently. But advocates argue there are still tens of thousands of low-income children disconnected from any publicly available early childhood program. 

One major issue with the child care program in Mississippi is that parents, typically single moms, are required to participate in the state’s child support system, using state-contracted attorneys to go after their spouses in court. In essence, this process leads to child care vouchers being denied or lost. While single moms are facing stress from the workforce since pandemic, more children need help from the pandemic funds.

Read more here.

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