We did it! Thanks to all your hard work, the Children, Youth and Families Department announced yesterday that it will not cut child care assistance eligibility to 160% of the Federal Poverty Level as it proposed. It will maintain the current eligibility of 200% FPL for child care assistance contracts.
The hearing scheduled for Monday, July 8 has been postponed until further notice.
While this is great news, CYFD still requires families to pay unaffordable copays. Too many parents are forced to drop out of the child care assistance program and find cheaper and often less safe alternatives or reduce their work hours or drop out of school.
CYFD will reschedule the hearing and will continue to take public comment on this issue. Let’s keep the momentum going!
We ALL depend on child care to work or pursue an education. Thank you for submitting comments, making phone calls, and for standing with New Mexico’s parents and children!
You can read about CYFD’s announcement here.