We all know that quality childcare can be very expensive indeed. However when it comes to the care of your child do you really want to compromise? As a single parent you probably work.
You may also have children who are too young to attend school. This means that you have to find someone or somewhere that will take care of your children for you while you are at work. This is simply not possible if you are strapped for cash. This is why there are a few programs available in the state of Michigan to help single mothers cover their childcare costs.
Childcare subsidy scheme
One of the easy in which the state of Nebraska aims to make things easier on single parents is by putting in place a childcare subsidy scheme. There are a large number of concerns on the plate of the average single parent and wondering how to take care of your child when you have to work at the same time is just one of them. Because quality childcare can be so expensive there are measures that have been put in place by the state of Nebraska to make sure that children form single parent and low income families have adequate care while their parents are at work. One way in which they achieve this is by offering a subsidy for childcare that helps alleviate the cost of quality services.
One option that may be open to you in Nebraska is Medicaid. This is heath insurance option that exists to help low income families afford healthcare. However it must be noted that it is not easy for everyone to qualify for his kind of health insurance. The eligibility requirements are strict. It must also be noted that this is not for free. You will have to pay a certain amount of money towards the health care insurance costs while the rest will be paid n your behalf. This is something that is, at the very least, well worth inquiring about. It can’t hurt to ask.
Kids Connection Program of Nebraska
If you are a single mother in Nebraska and you have children who are 18 years or younger and if you are not able to qualify for the Medicaid program offered in Nebraska (which can be quite a difficult program to qualify for) then you may want to consider the Kids Connection Program of Nebraska. This is a program that aims to ensure that as many children under the age of 18 are covered medically as possible. If you would like to find out more about this excellent program then you should visit the Department of Health and Human Services.
One of the many concerns on the minds of single parents is how to pay for transport costs. Transport costs are a very real part of everyday life. You have to get yourself to and from work, and, while your children may have a bus service to get them to school, there may not always be a way to get them to and from the after school activities that they would like to attend. One possible solution to this problem is to make a concerted effort to use the great public transport system available in Nebraska.
An interesting thing to note is that Medicaid sometimes offers non-emergency medical transport to people who are desperately in need of it. One of the best ways to keep your child healthy is to spot illnesses before they develop into something bad. The best way to do this is to make sure they get regular check-ups. However it may not always be easy to get your children to those check-ups. Hence the service offered by Medicaid. This is not available to everyone and is hard to qualify for but it is well worth your while to find out more.
Rent / Housing Assistance
One of the most important things that you have to worry about as a single mother 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
Providing your children with adequate food is more than simply making sure that they have enough to eat. It is important that your children are provided with food that can be considered to be healthy and nutritional. Food that is healthy and nutritional can play a part in protecting your child from a variety of illnesses. This is an aspect of childcare that you simply cannot afford to compromise on. Fortunately there are a number of programs in Nebraska that exists to help single parents and other low income families gain access to the healthy and nutritional food that they need.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
One of the ways in which you can try and ensure that your child has access to quality food is through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is a program that aims to give you the power to buy the food you need for your children. This is done through a debit card that is preloaded with a set amount of money. This card can be used at some but not all stores to buy certain kinds of food. The food that you can buy is guaranteed to be of the best quality and to be extremely healthy.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
If you are a single mother living in Nebraska with children who are younger than the age of five, or if you are pregnant and expecting to be single mother in the near future, you will be eligible to benefit from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provided you meet some other requirements as well. This program is aimed specifically at women so single fathers will not be able to benefit. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides women with vouchers which can be exchanged for necessary products to provide nourishment to themselves and their children.
Studying further is an admirable thing for you to do, but you may feel that this goal is unattainable due the limitations that are placed on you because you are a single parent. However it must be noted that there are a large number of options out there for you to consider. There are scholarships and grants for single mothers all of which you should be able to take advantage of if you meet the requirements. If you are serious about studying further then you should take note of all opportunities that present themselves to you.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Nebraska
The place to start when looking for government grants 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.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
Another option that you may have as a single parent is the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. This is a merit based scholarship that is given to those students who excelled when they were in high school. If you feel that you are one of the top achievers then you should definitely apply for this scholarship. Some facts about the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship are:
- Eligible recipients must be top students in their graduating class
- Eligible recipients must have top GPAs and ACT scores
- Qualified recipients must be accepted into a four-year college program anywhere in the United States
General scholarships and grants
There are a number of general scholarships and grants that you may be able to apply for in Nebraska. One of these is the Nebraska State Grants, which is given out on a similar basis to the Pell grant. This is certainly an option that is well worth your while to consider if you are serious about studying further. There are also a number of other scholarship programs and grants available in Nebraska:
- EducationQuest’s “Reaching Your Potential” Scholarship
- The Lincoln Community Foundation
- Elizabeth Alfred Memorial Scholarship
Specialized studies programs
If you are interested in becoming a professional in one of the areas that are currently undeserved in Nebraska, such as in teaching and in the medical arena, then you may find that you are eligible for many different grants and scholarships. Here are some of your options:
- Loan Forgiveness for Teaching in Shortage Areas or Low Income Schools: This is aimed at students who want to study to become teachers. This is a much needed area of work at the moment as there has been a shortage of teachers in Nebraska for quite a long time. In exchange for the loan forgiveness program you will be required to work in a state designated area for a set period of time once you have qualified. This can be seen in a positive light, however, as you will be guaranteed of gaining experience for your future as a teacher.
- Nebraska Student Loan Repayment Program: This is put in place in order to try and encourage more students to embark on a career in the medical health industry. Once you have completed your studies you will also be required to work in a state designated facility.
College grants and scholarships
There are a number of single parent grants and scholarships 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 o that you don’t qualify. At least you would have tried.
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
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families works in a similar way to the SNAP program that was mentioned earlier except that the debit card you receive with this program can be used to purchase a variety of different things and is not limited to just the purchase of food. However it must be noted that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is, as the name implies, temporary. You cannot rely on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families as a permanent solution to your problem as you will have to stop using it at some point.