There are a lot of pressures on the shoulders of single parents who are trying to raise children in this modern world. One of the biggest concerns that single mothers face lies in how they are supposed to ensure that their child is cared for properly in their absence. Single parents are responsible for all the needs of the family, and this means that they have to be active in the workforce to earn the money needed to support their family. In Colorado there are several structures in place to help single parents find affordable care for their children while they are at work.
Colorado Child Care Assistant Program (CCCAP)
One of the options that are available when it comes to childcare assistance in Colorado is the Colorado Child Care Assistant Program (CCCAP). This program is designed specifically for those single parents who have to work in order to keep their family going in a healthy and productive way. This is just one example of the ways in which Colorado try to make sure that all of the children living in the state are well cared for at all times. This program is offered by the government and has benefited a number of single parent families in the past.
Medical insurance is not cheap. This is a well known fact and it is therefore very difficult for many single parent families who are traditionally in financially unstable positions to afford the healthcare necessary for their children to be guaranteed of a healthy and productive life. However this is not something that you can afford to easily give up on. There are several healthcare assistance options open to single parents living in Colorado provided they take the time necessary to look for these options and then make use of them. Some of the better known healthcare assistance programs are listed below.
It is not easy for single mothers to simply take their children to the hospital. There are too many things that they have to consider. For one thing it is unlikely that a single parent is able to afford health insurance to cover the costs of the hospitalization. This is why many single parents think two about sending their children to the hospital. However there is a system in place to combat this situation. A health insurance package known as Medicaid is available for families who cannot afford their own healthcare coverage. Beneficiaries in this program qualify for in-patient hospitalization, dental care, immunization, and x-ray tests. Find out more about this as soon as you can if healthcare is a problem for you.
Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP)
Another option that may be worth considering is the Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP). Like with Medicaid there are a number of requirements that you will have to meet in order to be eligible for this program, but as a single parent family the chances are high that you will in fact qualify for the Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP). It is definitely something that is worth looking into as the worst thing that they can do is to say that you are not eligible. For more information call customer Service at 303-866-3513 in the Denver metro area or toll-free at 1-800-221-3943. You can also visit The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to find out more.
Colorado’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)
It is important to remember to take care of your own health as well as that of your child or children. If you are unhealthy then you will not be able to be the best parent possible to your children. This is why there are a number of healthcare plans that cover single parents as well as just their children. Single mothers for example may qualify for Colorado’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) by which they can get free checkups to make sure that they are in good health with regard to female-related cancers. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Affording transportation is not easy at the best of times and as a single parent you have an increased burden on your resources as it is. However there are one or two things you can consider. For example you may want to try taking trains or buses instead of expensive taxis or instead of driving your own money-eating vehicle. This will save on money and in Colorado there is a fairly good public transport system in place. This means that you should be able to use public transport to get yourself and your children everywhere you need to go.
Rent / Housing Assistance
You would be surprised at how many options are open to single parents who are trying to find a way to provide their children with a home that is safe and that provides a healthy environment for them to grow up in. It is not easy to find affordable housing which is why in the state of Colorado there are a number of options open to parents who are willing to take a bit of time to look for a way to give their child a good home. A good home is related to so many other things, such as health and happiness, that it is important to make sure your child has access to all of this.
Section 8 Housing
Colorado has a section 8 housing program whereby they attempt to ensure that children from single parent families along with their parents are provided with adequate housing in which to develop. This is a very important legislation that is available in many states across the US and it should be your first source of reference when you are looking for a place for you and your children to stay. To find out more about this program you can visit The Department of Housing and Urban Development. There is no harm in trying and the worst thing that they can do is to turn you down.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
There are a lot of concerns that you have to consider as a single parent, one of the more important of which is food and nutrition. You need to make sure that your child is not only getting enough to eat, but also that they are getting enough of the right food to eat. Nutrition is essential for good health and if your child is not eating enough of the nutritional food that is available then they stand a bigger chance of becoming ill. Consequently there are several programs in Colorado to help single parents provide nutrition to their children.
Colorado Food Assistance Program
One of the options that you need to consider is the Colorado Food Assistance Program. This program exists to help those people who simply do not have enough food for themselves and their families to get the food they need to stay healthy. As a single parent you may well be in this situation. If you are unemployed and single then you may just meet the requirements necessary to benefit from the Colorado Food Assistance Program. It can’t hurt to do a bit of research and find out if you qualify for the program or not. To find out more, visit Colorado PEAK/. It can’t hurt to try.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
In Colorado 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. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program also goes one step further by trying to ensure that your child receives quality and nutritious food as this is one of the best ways to prevent health problems and the costs that comes with them. The best cure is prevention and with a program like this you will be able to potentially stem many illnesses before they even make themselves known. It can’t hurt to find out more.
Education Grants in Colorado
Striving to go back to school is a very admirable aim indeed and it is one that you should not give up on. Single parents often feel despondent about their chances of ever pursuing their own goals and aims ever again. However it is important that you don’t give up on your dreams. There are a number of systems in place in Colorado for single parents who want to go back to school and create better opportunities and lives for both themselves and their children. There are a few avenues of inquiry that you could consider. Just remember that you do not have to give up!
Government Grants For Single Parents in Colorado
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. There are several single parent grants that FAFSA will bring to your attention:
Here is a list of needs-based grants offered in the State of Colorado:
- The College in Colorado Scholarship
- Colorado State University Aid
- Colorado Educational Services & Development Association Diversity Scholarship (CESDA)
- The Colorado Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (CLEAP)
- Colorado Student Grant (CSG)
- Colorado Student Undergraduate Grant
- Graduate Grant
- State Student Incentive Grant
Merit-based single parent grants in Colorado
In Colorado there are also a number of merit-based grants that you may be interested in if you have achieved well academically or if you have made other achievements. Here is a list of some of your options:
- The Colorado Council Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship
- Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) Scholarships
- CNCC Academic Scholarship
- CNCC Presidential Honors Scholarship
There is only one profession-based grant for you to consider in Colorado. This is:
- College Undergraduate Level Scholarship
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.
Other Grants or Resources Available
The above information is by no means exhaustive. It merely provides an overview of some of the options that are available to single parents who want to change their situation and make their lives better for themselves and for their children. It is important that you research all possible avenues for assistance in your area. Try churches and non-profit organizations to see what structures they have in place. Use the internet to search for programs that aim to help single parents get through the tough of time of raising children by themselves in your area. Don’t give up and remember that you are not alone.
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 his grant is to aid single parents in their journey towards achieving self-sufficiency and that the aid is therefore temporary, as the name if 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.
Originally posted 2011-08-04 05:40:56.