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Randolph County DSS Restores Child Care Vouchers For 300+ Kids

6:25 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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Asheboro, NC - The Randolph County Department of Social Services received a check for more than $300,000 to be used for their child care subsidy program.

In December, the office had to cut vouchers for 535 children after "overspending" their funds.

READ: Randolph Co. DSS Cuts Child Care Subsidies for 535 Kids

"We started off this year spending at a rate that was too high to sustain throughout the year so we are in a situation where we are going to have to reduce the spending level and in order to do that, we are going to have to probably reduce service to those who are receiving services," explains Richard Park, Business Officer, Randolph County DSS.

In a normal year, the county DSS maintains a waiting list because there just isn't enough money to help all the applicants but this year, they provided assistance to everyone who qualified just as long as the money didn't run out.

This child care subsidy service works a lot like Section 8 housing. Families pay a portion of the child care fee, then DSS pays the rest.

READ: DSS Overspends; Parents Lose Child Care Subsidies 

Almost two months after cutting vouchers for 535 kids, Randolph County now has the funds to add more than 300 of those children back into the voucher program.

The department received a reallocation of funds from DHHS, Division of Child Development and Early Education. The $391,500 will be use to restore vouchers to children who are 5- to 8-years-old. These services however, are limited and effective February 1 to May 31, 2013.

Families who qualify for this funding have been sent notices.

WFMY News 2, Randolph County DSS

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