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State expands free child care for more essential workers

Increased Cost Of Living Not Helping Child Care Crisis
Posted at 8:51 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 21:51:52-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Last month, it was announced essential workers in Tennessee could receive free child care during the pandemic.

The Department of Human Services said Thursday it will expand the program to more industries and offer child care until mid-August.

The change makes workers in the financial, religious, utility and hotel industries eligible for free child care from the state.

“This program is an example of how our state has prepared for an emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic through sound fiscal management our child care dollars,” said TDHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes. “Tennessee is in a unique position to support a wide range of essential workers during this time of uncertainty. We’re making sure child care is accessible to those who are continuing to serve our communities. Alleviating this burden for so many families is essential as we continue to build a thriving Tennessee.”

The department said if you fit into one of these categories and have already applied for the program, there is no need to apply again even if your application was denied or still pending. DHS will review and reevaluate all previously submitted applications.

For more information on the program, click here.