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New online tool lets parents find quality child care

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new website is designed to give families an easy way to find safe and affordable child care around Indiana. ChildCareFinder.IN.gov lets parents perform detailed searches including by location, type of provider or hours. The website also has an “on-my-route” search to find child care options on the way to work […]

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Low-income families could keep child care help longer under bill moving in Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that could help low-come Hoosiers become self-sufficient is one step closer to becoming law. House Bill 1616 – authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany – would allow federal Child Care and Development Fund voucher program participants to continue receiving benefits until the family income exceeds 250 […]

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Bill to help low-income Hoosiers with child care moves to Senate

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana families struggling to make ends meet, even as their incomes rise, could get some extra help when it comes to one of the most burdensome expenses of raising children: childcare. House Bill 1616, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, unanimously passed the House 94-0 on Tuesday. The […]

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Lawmakers hear concerns about ‘cliff’ effect for child care program

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lower income Hoosiers could keep their child care aid even as their incomes increased modestly under legislation a Senate committee considered Monday. Senate Bill 129 would eliminate a benefits cliff that supporters say leads some parents to turn down promotions or better jobs to avoid losing up to $8,000 […]