City of Acton announces new child care subsidy program for families

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For immediate release

ACTON – City Manager John S. Mangiaratti and the select committee announce that the City of Acton has dedicated $40,000 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to provide a new child care subsidy program .

Families residing in Acton who are at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible to receive the Child Care Subsidy.

Funds will be awarded to eligible families on a first-come, first-served basis, using the following ARPA guidelines regarding household size and income limit:

  • Household size of 1, income limit $61,100
  • Household size of 2, income limit $69,810
  • Household size of 3, income limit $78,520
  • Household size of 4, income limit $81,230
  • Household size of 5, income limit $94,250
  • Household size of 6, income limit $106,740
  • Household size of 7, income limit $120,360
  • Household size of 8, income limit $133,980

Families must also demonstrate that child care services are necessary for parents/guardians to maintain employment, attend school, or seek employment.

Participating families will receive a grant of up to $3,000 per year to cover child care or after-school care costs for children 13 and under. Grants can be used in any program approved by the Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) or through the Acton-Boxborough Extended Day program through Acton-Boxborough Community Education or Acton Recreation Department.

The program will run from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 or until all funds are used.

Residents interested in the program should contact the Community Services office at 978-929-6651 or [email protected] To see the application, click here.

Residents can visit the City website for more information.

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