The Tennessee Department of Human Services announced Monday it is taking a major step to help families pay for the cost of childcare.
Beginning next month, the agency will raise the weekly reimbursement rates for providers who take part in the state’s Child Care Certificate Program. This will be the first increase since 2008.
Through the program, TDHS provides child care financial assistance to families who are working or working to obtain a degree or other post-secondary education and meet certain income requirements.
The program also serves teen parents enrolled in high school.
Providers will receive a 35 percent increase in weekly reimbursement rates for infant and toddler care and a 20 percent increase for pre-school and school-age care.