Communities of color, working families, and low-income families across Massachusetts are facing the brunt of the high cost of child care in conjunction with the effects of the pandemic. Before COVID-19, to receive assistance in the form of a child care voucher, low-income parents had to have a job or be in an education or training program. Due to a new pandemic-era policy by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, parents can get a child care voucher for up to 6 months while they look for a job, pursue an education or training.
On May 25, 2021, the Care That Works (CTW) coalition hosted a webinar for job seekers in need of child care while searching for a job. Lindsay McCluskey, Deputy Director, Community Labor United, and Sarah Levy, Senior Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services, provided information on the benefits of and how to access child care vouchers provided by Massachusetts. They also covered the Care That Works pilot program for low-income families. View the subsidized child care PowerPoint here and watch the full webinar here to learn how families can access child care subsidies provided by the State.