Expanding Access to Child Care Assistance

The Child Care Assistance program helps low-income parents get care for their children while they are working or participating in an approved educational program to support their future employment. In recent years, enrollment in Child Care Assistance has been declining, despite the fact that there has been a steady increase in the number of New Mexicans eligible for the program. Statewide data shows that only 10% of eligible children are currently enrolled in Child Care Assistance.

The Center provides technical assistance and support to the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD, which administers the Child Care Assistance Program) to improve the program’s policies and procedures and bring them into compliance with the law. We help the State adopt best practices in the administration of Child Care Assistance which will make it easier for families to apply for or renew their benefits.

Child Care Assistance Toolkit

The Child Care Assistance Toolkit resources are designed to assist direct service providers and individuals applying for or participating in Child Care Assistance. The materials contain important information about the rights of applicants and participants, including detailed information about what to do if benefits are reduced or terminated. The resources also contain forms that applicants and participants can use to seek exemptions from program requirements.