Child Care Resources for the Kentucky Business Community
The Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership
In 2022, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation to create the Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership (House Bill 499). Through this program, employers can partner with the state to provide financial assistance to employees struggling with the cost of quality child care. The program offers employers a powerful employee attraction and retention tool and an opportunity to double the size of an employee benefit with assistance from the state.
The employer submits a contract agreed to by the employer, the employee, and the provider to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
If approved, the Cabinet will match the employer’s contribution up to 100 percent and will make payments on the employee’s behalf directly to the child care provider. For example, if the employer commits $100 per month to the employee’s child care expenses, the state may match that contribution up to another $100, giving the employee up to a total of $200 in child care assistance for the duration of the contract.
Participation for employers, employees, and child care providers is 100% voluntary, and contracts may be cancelled at any time.
Restrictions and specific eligibility requirements apply.
There are several key steps employers should be taking NOW:
Assess the child care needs of your workforce. To assist with this, the Kentucky Chamber has developed a series of recommended survey questions for employers to use.
Develop familiarity with the rules of the program and determine your company’s ability to comply with its administrative guidelines and eligibility requirements. The Chamber is working to develop additional resources to assist interested employers. The original legislation can be read here. The regulations for the program can be read here. Additional information is forthcoming.
Employers should begin building relationships with child care providers in their region. Use the Cabinet’s child care provider database to find providers in your area.
Additional information and links will be provided on this page as they become available.
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Key Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership Resources