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More funding for DCCA’s child-care program

THE Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Child Care Development Fund or CCDF will receive an additional $2.1 million in fiscal year 2018, DCCA Secretary Robert Hunter said.

He said the additional funding will mean a total of $4.2 million for the program. “It is the largest federal assistance granted the CNMI in the program’s history,” he added.

Robert Hunter

Hunter said the funding will be used for child-care subsidies.  “These are funds provided to families who are working or attending school on a full-time basis. The CCDF has had to maintain a waiting list of around 130 families.  This new funding will allow for the provision of assistance to all of the families currently on the waiting list,” he added.

The funding will also allow the program to cover the costs of training and coaching for child-care providers; to continue the development of high quality care for children; and to implement the Quality Rating and Improvement System or QRIS, Hunter said.

QRIS is a “systematic approach to assessing and improving the quality of care in early- and school-age care.”

Hunter said the CCDF has worked with child-care providers and grantor staff to develop plans for the implementation of the program to assist employed parents in child-care programs through training, mentor periods, and incentives.

“The additional federal and local funds represent an improved picture with regard to the future of the provision of child care and access to these services by families.  Child care is regularly cited among the top three reasons why parents have difficulty maintaining full time employment,” Hunter said.

For more information about the Child Care Development Fund Program, call 664-2547.