Self Sufficiency Unit
The Self Sufficiency Unit is responsible for Child Care eligibility determination and VIEW (Virginia's Initiative for Employment not Welfare).
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Child care services are child-centered, family-focused services that support the family goals of economic self-sufficiency and child development by providing for the supervision, protection and well-being of the child while the parent is participating in an approved activity. The purpose is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care services; and to meet the following goals:
- To provide low-income families with the financial resources to find and afford quality child care for their children.
- To ensure that the family child care program contributes to the broader objective of self-sufficiency.
- To provide child care to children whose parents are trying to achieve independence from public assistance.
- To promote parental choice in the selection of child care.
- To empower working parents to make their own decisions about the child care that best suits their family's needs.
- To provide consumer education to help parents make informed choices about child care.
- To ensure that subsidy dollars are provided to the neediest families.
- To enhance the quality and increase the supply of child care for all families.
- To improve the coordination among child care programs and early childhood development programs.
VIEW (Virginia's Initiative for Employment not Welfare)
VIEW participants may receive supportive services to help them become employed, including:
- Child care assistance
- Transportation assistance
- Vocational training and assessment and job readiness training
- Emergency assistance – urgent help with emergencies and crises that may impact employment; Financial help is dependant on policy and budget limitations.
- Medical and dental services (not covered by Medicaid) that parents need to get or keep a job
- Other services to help overcome barriers to employment.
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