It is a well known fact that single parents have troubles when it comes to providing adequate childcare for their children. Because of the stigma surrounding single parenthood in many areas of the country many single parents become isolated, either because they are actually being discriminated against or because in their own minds it is what they think is happening.
This means that they are less likely to have support networks in place that they can call on when they need someone to take care of the children for a little while. On top of that they cannot take care of their children themselves all the time because single mothers carry the responsibilities of the entire household and therefore have to work in order to ensure that there is a roof over their heads and food on their table. In Arkansas there are one or two options open to single parents who are looking for childcare assistance.
Arkansas Better Chance Program
If you work full time or if you spend 30 hours a week on your job then you may qualify for Arkansas Better Chance Program. This is a program that aims to cover some of the costs of childcare facilities for single parents. Decent childcare that is of good quality is an absolutely essential part of this modern world, but unfortunately good childcare comes at a high price. The aim of Arkansas Better Chance Program is to lessen this burden and thereby ensure that children are properly cared for at all times.
A very important part of raising a healthy child is having access to quality medical care for both you and your child. If you are unable to feed or house your child properly due to the difficulties created by your single parent status then your child will stand a higher chance of becoming ill. If possible address these concerns early as a preventative measure against illness. However a time always comes when your child needs health care and health care is expensive. Luckily in Arkansas there are a number of systems in place to help single parents cope with the health care problems of their child.
If you are a single parent and you don’t qualify for assistance from Medicaid then you may want to consider ARKids First. This program is for any family that is considered to have a low income and that cannot afford health insurance on their own. The program ensures that all children under its care are given good and adequate health care coverage and that their needs can be met when necessary. Contact ARKids at 1-888-474-8275 for more information.
Public transport is more affordable than taking a taxi or owning a car so if you are a single parent trying to save cash, take public transport instead. Arkansas has a number of great public transport services that may be just what you need for getting to and fro your job and for taking your children to the places that they need to go.
Transitional Employment Assistance Transportation Program
There are some options available to single parents in Arkansas who need to get to and from work and/or school on a regular basis. The Transitional Employment Assistance Transportation program is one such avenue of assistance that you may want to take some time to inquire about. This is aimed at single parents who are trying to achieve self sufficiency. In other words, if you are a single parent who has been living on welfare, but who wants to get back into the working world. Then the Transitional Employment Assistance Program may be the answer that you have been looking for. Of course you will have to make sure that your family qualifies for this program. To find out whether or not you are eligible for this program in Arkansas, call 1-800-482-8988.
If you are lucky enough to be eligible for Medicaid to cover your medical costs then you may also be in luck when it comes to getting non emergency transport for medical reasons. For example if you need to take your baby to the doctor for her shots then you may be able to contact Medicaid and find out if you qualify for assistance in this regard. Medicaid is aware of the fact that medical transport cannot always be limited to an emergency situation so consequently they have several programs in place that are designed to help people get to where they need to go. Getting your child to the doctor for a check-up is very important as a preventative measure, and Medicaid is willing to acknowledge this. If you are interested in finding out form Medicaid whether or not they offer this service and if you are eligible, call 1-888-987-1200.
Rent / Housing Assistance
To raise healthy children you need to provide them with a healthy environment to live in. This includes ensuring that they are living in a safe and well maintained home. However the costs of both renting and buying homes have gone up drastically of late and it is difficult for most people to afford to do either, let alone single parents who already have a myriad of financial problems heaped onto their shoulders. As this is an essential part of ensuring that your child grows up to be healthy it is important that you do not give up. There are a number of housing assistance programs in place in Arkansas and it is important that you consider all of these options.
Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a system whereby eligible families, such as single parent families in bad financial situations, can qualify for a rent subsidy from the government. Because it is essential that children grow up in a healthy environment the Housing Choice Voucher Program has been put in place to ensure that eligible families have a good place to stay. There is not harm in asking to see if you qualify.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
Putting food on the table is one of the biggest demands on a single parent’s time and resources. This is an absolutely essential part of being a good parent, but it is not always easy to make ends meet and find the food that you need to keep your family going. It is important as well to remember that it is also the quality of the food that counts. Children need to be properly nourished if they are to fight off illnesses. In Arkansas there are a few programs in place to help single parents who are trying to feed their children properly.
Arkansas Foodbank Network
One of the best sources for healthy and nutritious food for families with only one parent and families with low income in general is the Arkansas Foodbank Network. The function is in the name; the Arkansas Foodbank Network provides a network of food banks that you and your children can visit if you are hoping to be properly nourished and well fed. To find out more about this network, visit the Arkansas Food Bank.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Another option that is available to single parent families in Arkansas is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If you are eligible for this program in Arkansas you will receive a debit card which will be used by you to buy the food you need. The debit card can be used at a number of different places, but it is important that you have a good idea of which stores you can use the debit card at and which stores you can’t. And remember that there are only certain items that you will be able to purchase. However you can rest assured that these items will be highly nutritional.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
In Arkansas you will be glad to hear that single mothers with a child below the age of five, as well as pregnant women are eligible to receive food support. This is good news indeed as providing basics such as food is one of the biggest challenges that single mothers across the country are facing today. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is an ideal source of support in this regard and will help you meet all of your food costs.
As a newly single mother you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by life and the stresses that life offers. However you need to remember not to give up. Deciding to study further is a very admirable aim indeed, although many single parents give up on this ideal because they do not have the time or the resources to pursue further education. This defeatist attitude is not what you need. It is difficult to stay positive, but you need to remember that there are a number of education scholarships offered in Arkansas for you to pursue.
Government Grants For Single Mothers in Arkansas
Federal Free Grants
The first step is to see if you are eligible for Federal free grants. To do this you will have to apply with FAFSA. FAFSA will let you know whether or not you apply for Federal free grants and if you do then you will be in a position to start researching the various grants that are actually available and to start making preparations to continue your studies. The first step in this process is downloading and completing the FAFSA form. Once you have done this you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is a scholarship offered at county level to single parents who are genuinely determined to educate themselves further and thereby improve their situation for both themselves and for their children. Not only that but the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is a scholarship that is aimed directly at single parent families in poor financial situations which means that you, as a single parent, stand a very high chance of qualifying. It is well worth investigating this possibility to see whether or not it is what you are looking for. To find out more, visit the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
Arkansas Department of Higher Education
If you are looking for some way to fund your studies as a single parent then you may want to consider looking at the options offered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Higher education is a grand and noble ideal to strive towards so it is well worth your while pursuing all avenues that may help you achieve this.
College grants and scholarships
Many community colleges do have some kind of grant program in place to help students in financially difficult circumstances. This information may interest you as a single parent. To find about these grants you will have to find out from each individual school what exactly they offer in this regard. It is well worth your while exploring these avenues to find out what kind of offers you get. It can’t hurt to try and there are a number of schools that have very good programs where you can work and earn at the same time, for example.
Other Available Resources and Grants for Single Parents in Arkansas
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families comes in the form of a debit card on which a specific amount of money for the SPECIFIC needs of your family is loaded. This aims to help families deal with specific problems that they may be facing and many sing parents benefit from this. Remember that the point of this grant is to aid single parents in their journey towards achieving self-sufficiency and that the aid is therefore temporary, as the name of the grant suggests. You will need, after a set amount of time, to stop using the benefits offered by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and start taking care of yourself and your family by your own means.