There are many things that you as a single parent have to keep in mind at all times. One of these things is the issue of childcare. Because you have to work all the time you are not always in a position to stay home and take care of the children.
This means that you need to find someone else to take care of them for you. This is not always easy, and sending them to a quality day care facility is expensive. Therefore there are several measures in place in Iowa that exist o ensure that children of single parents are properly taken care of while their parents work.
Iowa’s Child Care Assistance Program
Iowa’s Child Care Assistance Program is a program through which single parents with children younger than the age of 13 and special needs children younger than nineteen can apply for childcare assistance to cover the tie that they spend at work. In order to qualify for Iowa’s Child Care Assistance Program you have to earn a certain income. Some people find that the eligibility requirements for this program are too strict and many don’t qualify, but it is important that if you are looking for childcare assistance you try every available option. This program will subsidize your childcare costs. If you would like to find out more, please visit the Department of Human Services.
Single parents have a lot to worry about and some worries may seem more important than others. However I think that we can agree that one thing that you do not want to compromise on is the health of your child. It is essential that you find a way to cover your child medically speaking even if you are in a tight financial position. Healthcare insurance is expensive, but there are a number of options open to those single parents who are willing to look for them. Single mothers in Iowa have a number of options available to them to make sure that their children are covered financially.
There are a number of subsidized health insurance plans in place to help families with financial problems to make sure that they are covered in terms of their health. As a single mother you may find that you qualify for these sorts of plans. One of the more well known plans is Medicaid. Under these plans your child will be eligible for in-patient hospitalization, dental care, immunization, and x-ray tests and other kinds of care as well. Note that although it is not always easy to qualify for Medicaid, you should still make a point of inquiring as this is the best service.
Transportation costs are yet another issue that single parents have to deal with on a daily basis. They need to worry about how to get to and from work, about how to get their children to and from school, and about what to do for transport in the event of an emergency. There are unfortunately not very many measures in place to help those struggling in terms of transport, but it must be noted that the public transport system in Iowa is very good and very affordable and may therefore be a viable option for single parents in Iowa.
If you qualify for Medicaid under the Medicaid requirements in your state then you may be interested to know that in some cases Medicaid offers non-emergency medical transport to families who are struggling to get their children to and from the clinics and doctor’s offices for their check-ups. Like all things related to Medicaid this may not be the easiest thing to qualify for. However I think that you will agree that is something that would be very helpful if you do qualify. Consequently it can’t hurt you to look into it. The worst thing that they can say is that the program is not available or that you don’t qualify. Best case scenario involves you getting help with your non-emergency medical transport issues. You’ll struggle to find help if you’re not willing to look for it.
HAWK I: Healthy and Well Kids Program
In many cases single parents do not qualify for Medicaid because of the strict eligibility requirements that are imposed. If that is the case then HAWK I: Healthy and Well Kids Program may be an option that is worth your consideration. This is not a free service, unfortunately, but you will only have to pay as much as you can according to the salary that you earn so if nothing else it is a health insurance plan that you should be able to afford. If you would like to find out more about this program, you should visit http://www.hawk-i.org/.
Rent / Housing Assistance
Yet another very important demand on the limited resources of single parents is the need to provide their children with adequate housing. This means a home where they can be safe, healthy, and protected from the elements. However we all know how expensive it is to either rent or buy a home in the current day and age. Therefore there are a number of measures in place in the state of Iowa to help low income families to have an adequate home. You simply need to make a few inquiries and explore all possibilities in order to find the assistance you need.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
Making ends meet can be tough for single parents and you may find yourself at times struggling to put food on the table. However this is something that you know you can’t compromise on. It is very important that you explore all of the options provided by the state of Iowa to make sure that your child gets enough food. Many of the systems in place also strive to make sure that your children receive nutritious food as this is highly important in terms of making sure that your child stays fir and healthy at all costs.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
An example of one of your options for getting enough food in Iowa is the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) organization. This organization aims to provide children from single parent and low income families with enough food to live normal lives. They also make sure that the food that is provided has high nutritional value. This is because Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is also part of an initiative to combat the many problems being caused by bad nutrition in the country at the moment. It certainly can’t hurt to ask for more information on this topic.
Iowa’s Food Assistance Program
Another option that is open to you is Iowa’s Food Assistance Program. This is a program that works on the basis of a debit card which is preloaded with a set amount of money and that is given to you to buy groceries. Most supermarkets and even some farmers markets accept this card. This is something that is well worth your while to look into.
There are many food banks available in Iowa where you can go in order to get food for yourself and for the rest of your family. This is a great source of food. If you would like to find out more about this promising program you should visit the Northeast Iowa Food Bank as soon as possible.
There are many options available out there to single parents who want to study further. Many people and organizations see the drive to study as a sign that you want to take the initiative and improve your life situation. It is also well known that if you improve your educational level you will also be improving the chances that your children have in life. It is therefore a very noble ideal to strive towards and you will be surprised at the number of sources that you can tap if you want to improve your educational level.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Iowa
The first thing that you should do (when looking for financial aid to cover your studies) is to go to http://www.fafsa.com. This will take you the website of FAFSA and the form that you need to fill in if you want to find out whether or not you are eligible for education grants from the government. If you want to study further you have to consider all possibilities. The worst that could happen is that they could turn your application down. At least you would have tried and there are a number of other options out there for a single parent serious about studying further.
Scholarship and Grant Programs
There are a number of general scholarships and grants available in Iowa for people who want to study further. These may not all be specifically geared at single mothers in particular, but they are still therefore anyone, including single parents, to take advantage of if they feel that they want to study further. It can’t hurt to at least find out more about your options.
- Governor Terry Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship
- The State of Iowa Scholarships
- The Iowa Grant
- Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships
- Iowa Tuition Grants
- The Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grants program
Specialized Studies Scholarships and Grants
There are major shortages in some very vital parts of society at the moment. Some of these parts of society include teaching and nursing. Consequently the state of Iowa has a number of grants and scholarships in place in order to encourage more and more people to take part in these areas of society. There are also a number of loan forgiveness programs for people interested in studying these subjects, such as the ones listed below:
- The Iowa Nursing Education Loan Forgiveness Program
- The Iowa Teacher Shortage Forgivable Loan Program
College grants and scholarships
You may be interested to hear that there are a number of schools that offer grants and scholarships to their students. This is in order to encourage them to try and study with their institute and to get more and more students interested in the particular field that is taught at that school. So if there is a school that you are particularly interested in studying at then you should definitely take the time necessary to visit that school’s financial aid department to see if they offer any grants or scholarships to students with a financial need.
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
There are several different options available if you need monetary assistance, but one of the most reliable is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. This program will provide you with money to be spent on specific items that your family in particular need. You will be given a debit card which you can use in order to buy these items. The money on the debit card will be reloaded every month and cannot be spent just anywhere. This program aims to help families regain self-sufficiency which is why the aid offered is only temporary.
Family Investment Program (FIP)
Family Investment Program (FIP) is also a temporary program which is designed to provide families with the cash they need to make it through a difficult period and to ultimately get back on their feet and become self sufficient once again.