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Nevada expands eligibility for families to access child care

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Nevada is expanding eligibility for families to access child care. 

With federal funds from the American Rescue Plan, Nevada is allocating $50 million to expand access to childcare and subsidize the cost for more Nevada families. 

Karissa Loper Machado is the manager for the Child Care and Development Program with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. 

She said families who previously could not qualify should reapply as income qualifications have been expanded. 

“Our state median income for a family of four is $70,000 on average," she said. "They can get assistance for child subsidy. If you are on that higher end and make, say, $6,000 per month, you are being charged the full 7% of your monthly income for a co-pay, so that's running about $80, and now the childcare fund will cover that.”

The Urban League services Southern Nevada and the Children’s Cabinet services in Northern and rural Nevada.  For more information, you can go to: NevadaChildcare.org

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