A recent policy change in Frankfort will give a much-needed boost to workforce development in Kentucky by helping more children access high-quality child care and better positioning working parents to move up the economic ladder. Workforce development in Greater Louisville has long been one of GLI’s top policy priorities.
Earlier this month, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced that it intended to use an additional $42 million in federal grant funding to significantly expand the impact of the Commonwealth’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). CCAP is a state subsidy program focused on assisting low-income working parents afford child care. Approximately 27,000 young children and infants benefit from CCAP in Kentucky.
Thanks to the funding increase, CHFS implemented several important changes to the administrative regulations governing CCAP, but two of them are especially critical for access to quality care and workforce development.