Family child care scholarships …

… informing and supporting parents in navigating the child-care market place …

Smart Start supports the child care resource and referral service work of Work Family Resource Center, Inc. (WFRC).

WFRC staff assist parents in making informed child care choices by providing consumer education and support in navigating among the nearly 220 child care and early learning options available in Forsyth County.

Staff conduct one-on-one consultations with parents, either by phone or in-person, and provide parents with a list of referrals to the child care programs that reflect their needs and preferences.

Parents learn about the star-rated license system and indicators of quality in child care programs.

WFRC also performs intake for families applying for Smart Start scholarship subsidies which help families pay for a portion of the costs of child care in a 3, 4 or 5 star-rated center or home. Parents must be working a minimum of 25 hours per week, or be a full-time student, and meet the income requirements.

Income requirements vary by the size of the household. For example, a household of four persons can earn up to $4,187 in gross (total) monthly income and still be eligible for scholarship assistance.

Families always shoulder a portion of child care costs, but will never pay more than 9% of the family’s gross (total) monthly income. Scholarship assistance–varying by income, family-size, the age of the child, the star rating of the facility, and whether the facility is a multi-classroom center, or in a family’s home–helps make up the difference.

For example, a family of four with a gross (total) monthly family income of $3000 placing a three-year old child in a four-star facility, would receive $240 in monthly scholarship assistance; if placing the same child in a five-star facility, the monthly scholarship would be $291. Quality child care pays for itself in many different ways!

Professional staff help guide qualifying families in understanding and taking advantage of Smart Start scholarship resources. Staff are available to assist parents in-person at the Work Family Resource Center office or through telephone consultation.

All services are available in English or Spanish.

For further information, contact 336.761-5100, or visit here for more information about family scholarships, or to apply.

To search for licensed childcare services in Forsyth County or North Carolina, click here.

For more information about Smart Start’s role in supporting the Family Childcare Scholarship program, visit http://smartstart-fc.org/family-scholarships/.