Governor Martinez Announces Expansion of Child Care Services

04.21.2016

ALBUQUERQUE -- Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that hundreds more lowincome families will now have access to child care services through CYFD at an affordable cost. The Governor announced that the Child Care Assistance Program, which serves nearly 18,000 families, will expand its eligibility requirements through the end of May.

Now, New Mexico families earning as much as 200 percent of the federal poverty line – an increase from the previous 150 percent – may apply for the child care assistance program. This includes more than 750 families who had previously applied but were put on a waiting list because their income was slightly over the eligibility requirement.

For example, a family of four earning around $48,600 or less a year is now eligible. Before the expansion, the same family earning more than around $36,000 a year would have been ineligible for the services.

“Taking care of our most vulnerable will always be one of our top priorities,” Governor Martinez said. “With this expansion, we will be providing safe and reliable child care to more families who need it the most. This program is one of our most important resources for helping to prevent child abuse, and I encourage New Mexico families who need it to apply for our child care assistance.”

Since 2011, Governor Martinez has increased Child Care Assistance program funding by more than $14 million. In addition, the Governor has increased eligibility from 100 percent to 150 percent of the federal poverty line. Over the same period, services have been expanded eight other times, giving 10,000 more families and 15,000 more children access to child care.

The program subsidizes the cost of child care for low-income families that are working or going to school and need child care. If eligible, families can remain eligible up to 200 percent of the poverty level. The subsidy amount varies depending upon the age of the child, the type of child care, the location of the program, and the rating of the child care program as determined by the Look for the Stars Quality Rating System.

“Over the last few months, we have seen far too many examples of children being harmed because they were left in the care of individuals who had no interest in ensuring the safety of these children,” said CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson. “Child Care Assistance is one of the best tools we have to prevent child abuse and we want to make sure that parents who are working and going to school are aware of this valuable program and know that they should never have to leave their children with inappropriate caretakers.”

For more information on Child Care Assistance, call 1-800-832-1321 or click here to find a listing of regional Child Care Assistance offices in your area.