LETTER: Lake County ChildCare scholarships available

To the editor:

The Women’s Caring Program ChildCare Commitment has funds available to help low-income families in Lake County with child care expenses.

Since 1998, this program has provided tuition assistance for more than 1,000 children ages birth to 5 from working but struggling households.

Scholarships covering 40 percent of the annual cost of child care and early education are distributed on a statewide basis with priority to regions with high populations experiencing high poverty levels.

Lake County is considered a first priority area for the organization right now with more than one in every three kids living in poverty. Lake County had the highest child poverty rate (36 percent) in the state in the recent Kids Count in Michigan report.

Applicants must be employed full time or attending school full time, or a combination of both. Income guidelines range from a maximum of $31,096 for a family of two to $55,936 for a family of seven.

In 2010, 41 families received scholarships with the maximum award at $2,688. More information and applications can be found at www.womenscaringprogram.org or by calling (800) 875-6751.

Colleen Robar

President, Women’s

Caring Program Board of Directors