Creating employment opportunities for low-income families in partnership with child care providers across the County.
2017 Application Deadline: June 16, 2017
United Way of Butler County is an Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Pre-K Organization. This means, United Way of Butler County manages and oversees EITC contributions from eligible companies, as well as the application process and scholarship administration to eligible families and Pre-K organizations.
Currently in Butler County, the Child Care Information Service (CCIS), operated by the Butler County Children’s Center, administers federal and state aid for low-income families. Eligibility is for those whose income is 200% initially and once in the CCIS program 235% of the federal poverty level or less. At any given time, there are approximately 55 families on the waiting list for child care assistance in Butler County. Our goal is to eliminate the waiting list, as well as help bridge families who may be just over the eligibility guidelines for assistance. Several recent CCIS policy changes have indirectly increased the waitlist timeframe for new clients applying as there is a lower attrition rate with current clients. The elimination of both Friend/Neighbor Providers as a CCIS option and the add-on payment for daycare providers who offered care during non-traditional hours which is often needed by employees in lower income retail and service fields, have further challenged our efforts to eliminate the waiting list and get people back to work.
United Way of Butler County provides a direct grant from its Impact Fund to the Butler County Children’s Center to administer scholarship assistance. In 2016, United Way provided funding through a direct grant to the Butler County Children’s Center and CCIS totaling $29,000, which served 25 families. This averaged 57 days of care per family at approximately $20 per day.
To qualify for this scholarship, the parents of the student must either reside or be employed by a company located in Butler County. An eligible student is a Pre-K age student (three to six years of age) who is a resident of Pennsylvania, enrolled in a Pre-K Program located in this Commonwealth, and a member of a household with an annual household income of not more than $76,350, except that an additional income allowance of $15,270 is permitted for the student and for each other dependent (as defined by the IRS) living within the same household.