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State temporarily makes changes to child care subsidies program

Chelsie Bates, owner of Little Hands Childcare and Preschool in Vale, said the state's move to temporarily remove copays for families who rely on subsidies for childcare is a huge relief. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE – In a move to help families and child care providers, the state is making temporary changes to child care benefits provided by the state Department of Human Services. 

Families who rely on the employment-related day care program, which helps low-income households pay for childcare, for now no longer will have to pay any share of the cost.  

The directive also raised the income limit for eligibility. This means more families can now apply for the aid. 

“It’s huge,” said Chelsie Bates, owner of Little Hands Childcare and Preschool in Vale. “It means keeping our doors . . .