Childcare services are not cheap. It is very difficult for a single parent to find a childcare facility that is of decent quality and at an affordable price. This means that on top of all of their other concerns, single parents also have to worry about finding a way to make sure that their small children are well looked after while they are at work.
Luckily there are measures in place to help single parents in Maryland to pay for the costs of childcare. Before you settle for a second rate option you should inquire about these options as the care of your child should be or paramount importance to you.
Child Care Subsidy program
There is a program offered in Maryland called the Child Care Subsidy program. This is a program that aims to help single parents afford quality childcare for their children. Basically it works by providing parents with part of the money they need to pay for childcare while the parents have to pay for the rest. Although this does not eliminate the cost of childcare for financially struggling families, it does go a long way to lessening the burden that these costs place on single parent families. If is well worth your while to find out more at the Maryland Family Network.
Maryland Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid)
One of the options that are available to single parents who live in Maryland is the Maryland Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid). This is a program aimed at low income families who are unable to afford private health insurance and who nevertheless want to make sure that they and their children are adequately covered in this regard. The eligibility requirements for the Maryland Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid) can be quite steep, but it is still worth your while to find out more. Note that people already using other government services, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), or Foster Care are automatically on the Maryland Medical Assistance Program.
The Maryland Children’s Health Program
Because Medicaid can be very difficult to qualify for there are some other options out there for single parents. One of these options is The Maryland Children’s Health Program. This is a program that is aimed at covering everyone under the age of nineteen. The program works on a sliding scale which means that you will only have to pay as much as you can afford with your current income, meaning that it is guaranteed to be affordable.
Finding an affordable way to get your family from point A to point B is not necessarily an easy task. There are also not really any systems in place in Maryland to help you deal with the cost of transporting your family. This is a pity because transport costs can be quite a concern for single parents. The best thing to do is to use public transport to get where you need to go.
There are many advantages to having Medicaid. One of these advantages is the fact that in some cases Medicaid offers non-emergency medical transport to people who qualify. This means that if you need to get yourself or one of your children to a medical check up but you don’t know how to get there, Medicaid may be able to help out. However you should not rely on this as it is not always available. The best thing to do is to phone up and find out if you can get this service long before you need to use it.
Rent / Housing Assistance
One of the most important things that you have to worry about as a single parent is making sure that your children have a roof over their heads. There is nothing more important than this. Health problems as well as their happiness can be directly related to the environment that they are growing up in and consequently it is of the utmost importance that that environment be one that is safe and healthy. A child needs to be guaranteed of a home that will protect them from the elements and keep them warm. However it is not always easy to buy or rent a home that is of good quality, which is why so many low income families, such as single parent families, struggle as much as they do.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
One of the options open to single parents who are looking for a way to put food on table is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is a program that allows you to provide yourself and your children with food. On top of that the food that you will have access to through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is also guaranteed to be highly nutritious as this is one of the main purposes of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Combating bad nutrition is an important step in the direction of creating a healthy country. The help you get comes in the form of a preloaded debit card which you will be able to use at certain store to buy certain things for your family. The least you could do is find out more to see if you qualify. If you want to know more about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), please visit the Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Another option open to single mothers in Maryland when it comes to providing food is the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. This is a program that is aimed specifically at women who are single mothers with children younger than the age of five. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will provide you with vouchers that you can use to get milk and formula as well as other necessary dairy products to keep your children healthy. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program also benefits pregnant women who are in financially dire circumstances.
Maryland Food Bank
Another source of food that you may be interested in can be found at the Maryland Food Bank. If you go to one of the local pantries or food banks that are provided by the Maryland Food Bank you will be able to get food for yourself and your family free of charge. On top of that the food that you will be getting will be highly nutritious and healthy, so this is a very good option for you to consider. If you would like to find out more information about the Maryland Food Bank, please visit the Maryland Food Bank.
If you want to study further than you will be creating a better situation for both yourself and your children. Luckily for you there are a number of individuals and institutions out there who recognize that a single parent’s goal to study further is a very admirable thing. If you are looking for aid in terms of financing your studies then you will soon realize that there are a large number of options available for you. Be sure to consider all of the options so that you find the best possible assistance to suit your needs.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Maryland
The place to start when looking for government grants for single parents is with FAFSA. There are a number of options available to you out there, but you will not be able to find out what they are unless you fill out the FAFSA form. FAFSA will then provide you with the information you need about what federal aid you are in fact eligible for. This will help you to speed up your search for the aid you need in order to study further and better your situation for yourself as well as your children. It is your responsibility as a parent to try.
Sharon Christa McAuliffe Memorial Teacher Education Award
The Sharon Christa McAuliffe Memorial Teacher Education Award is a scholarship that is given a student in order to pay for their education in becoming a teacher. The understanding involved is that the recipient will work for the state in a designated area and for a set period of time once their training is complete. If they do not they will have to repay the scholarship. There are a number of eligibility requirements for this award, but the chances are high that you will be eligible.
Maryland Chiefs of Police Association
If you are interested in studying to become a member of the law enforcement field then you may be interested in applying for the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association scholarship program. There are a few rules that come into play when applying for this scholarship. Take note of the following if you wish to apply for this:
- The applicant must be a Maryland resident
- The applicant must be between the ages of 17-21
- Scholarships are based on scholastic achievement
- Scholarships are based on community and school involvement
Need Based Senatorial Scholarship
This is another scholarship hat you may be made aware for through FAFSA. The Need Based Senatorial Scholarship is, as the name suggests, needs based so you will have to prove using the FAFSA form that you have a need for the assistance given by the Need Based Senatorial Scholarship. So filling out the FAFSA form is the first crucial step. On top of that you:
- Need to take the SAT 1 or the ACT
- Need to have 24 college credit hours, or
- Need to be presently attending a community college or private career school
Guaranteed Access Grant
In order to qualify for the Guaranteed Access Grant you will need to meet the following requirements:
- This is for current high school students who have taken college prep classes
- Applicant must be a resident of the state of Maryland
- Applicants must complete the FAFSA and the Guaranteed Access application
- Applicant must have a 2.5 GPA in high school
- Applicants must enroll full-time in a 2 or 4 year college or university
- Applicants must demonstrate financial need and meet certain income requirements as shown on the MHEC website
College grants and scholarships
There are a number of grants and scholarships for single mothers and single dads that are offered at specific universities or schools all over the country. If you are interested in a particular school then you may want to start your search for financial aid for your studies at their financial aid department. Studying further is seen as a very admirable thing to do, so there are a number of schools out there that are willing to help you fund your studies in this regard. The least you can do is ask, and the worst they can do is say that there are no such programs so that you don’t qualify. At least you would have tried.
Other Single Parent 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
An option that you may be interested in is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. This is a program whereby families can receive monetary assistance in the form of a debit card. This card can be used to pay for a variety of selected items at selected stores. However you must remember that as the assistance is temporary you cannot treat this as a permanent solution to your problems. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is meant to serve as a stop gap while single parent families become self-sufficient once again.