The Hero Relief Program
The “Hero Relief Program” expands DCF’s child care assistance subsidies for families and provides financial support directly to child care providers. The new program specifically targets health care workers, first responders and other essential workers.
Beginning Monday, April 20, child care subsidies will be available to essential workers who financially qualify. The list includes:
- Health care workers (including long-term care workers, RNs, other medical professionals and health care support workers, hospital and laboratory staff)
- First responders (including law enforcement, fire and rescue, corrections and other public safety workers)
- Food and agriculture workers
- Judicial branch (essential services)
- National Guard
- Child and adult protective service specialists
- Child care providers caring for children of eligible workers listed above
In order to qualify, families must have countable gross income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. For an average family of four that equals a monthly income of $5,458. Families will receive the full DCF subsidy amount based on their family size, with no family-share deduction.
The Hero Relief Program also supports child care providers by providing a menu of stipends and grants to assist during the pandemic.
Grants may include:
- Sustainability stipends for all KDHE-Licensed child care and relative providers to help pay for ongoing expenses like food, supplies, labor and rent/mortgage.
- Revenue replacement subsidies for DCF enrolled child care providers
- Supply grants to assist with pandemic related expenses like gloves, disinfectants, soap and other necessary items.
- Emergency worker support bonuses – a one-time bonus to providers who care for children of health care workers and first responders.