Increase to child care assistance program gets BESE support
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's state school board has given initial backing to a proposal boosting day care assistance to low-income families.
A plan that won preliminary support Tuesday from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will increase subsidies available to parents, using $10 million in available federal funding.
When the program was overseen by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, payments were cut. Superintendent of Education John White, whose department took over management in July, said the number of children served has dropped from 40,000 to 15,000.
The program is designed to help poor parents afford day care so they can work or go to school.
The changes, expected to get final approval Wednesday, will increase the maximum annual subsidy per child from $1,700 to $4,000. Co-pays for the poorest parents will be dropped.