As a single parent you probably have to work in order to make sure that all of the things that a family need are provided for. This is a very important part of being a parent.
However that then leaves you with the question of who is going to look after your small children who are too young to go to school while you work. It is essential that you find quality childcare, but this seldom comes at an affordable price. There are systems in place in the state of Nevada for you to use if you are concerned about the quality of care your child received while you are at work.
The Child Care and Development Fund
It is a well known fact that childcare is something that does not come cheap. This is why the state of Nevada has instituted the Child Care and Development Fund which is part of the drive to provide subsidies to single parents so that they can pay for their children to have quality care while they are at work. There are few things that are more important than ensuring that your child is properly cared for. If you would like to learn more about The Child Care and Development Fund, then please visit the Division of Welfare.
Nevada Medicaid program
One of the options that you may qualify for as a single parent is the Nevada Medicaid program. This is not a free source of health insurance, but it is one that is subsidized and that is based on your income, so you can be certain that you will be able to afford this service. People under Medicaid are eligible for in-patient hospitalization, dental care, immunization, and x-ray tests, all of which may be essential for you or for your child. Some say it is a hard program to qualify for, but the least you can do is try.
Child Health Assurance Program (CHAP)
To qualify for Medicaid you have to fall within a specific poverty level. No everyone who can’t afford private insurance can qualify for Medicaid which is why there are other options available. One of these options is the Child Health Assurance Program (CHAP). With this program you can be sure that your child will be covered for all of their healthcare costs and this will lessen the burden that you have as a single parent considerably. If you would like to find out more about this program, please visit the Health Care Financing and Welfare Department.
There are not, unfortunately, a lot of option out there for single mothers who are looking for an affordable way to get from point A to point B. Unfortunately there are simply no affordable transport structures in place. The best advice that we can give is that you make use of the excellent public transport system available in the state.
If you qualify for Medicaid then you may be in luck because in some cases Medicaid offers non-emergency medical transport. This may include things like getting your children to their doctor’s check-ups and making sure that they are able to make it to their dentist’s appointment. However like with all thing related to Medicaid this is not always an easy program to qualify for and you may find that you will struggle to get a response from them when you ask. However it is still well worth trying this avenue and it will make your life considerably easier f you do qualify.
Rent / Housing Assistance
One of the most important things that you can do as a parent is to ensure that your children are properly housed ad that the home that they live in is a safe one that they can run to in times of trouble. It is easier said than done to provide a home for your children, however, especially with the rising costs of both renting and buying homes in the current economic climate. This is why if you inquire with the relevant state departments you will soon find that housing your children needn’t be the nightmare you initially saw it as.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
Making sure that your children are well fed is one of the more important tasks that you have to undergo as a parent. However you also need to remember that “well fed” refers to more than just making sure that there is food on the table. It also refers to making sure that the food on the table is healthy and nutritious. This is easier said than done as healthy food can be more expensive than other kinds of food. Fortunately there are a number of systems in place for single mothers in Nevada to help combat these issues.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
There are several options available to single parents in terms of putting food on the table. One of the options that you may be able to make use of is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is a program that offers monetary aid to single parents and other low income families in the form of a debit card which is preloaded with a set amount of money. This debit card can be used at a number of different stores to purchase food and certain other items. The items you can buy are limited, but you can be assured that they are nutritious.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is aimed particularly at single mothers with children under the age of five or pregnant women who are in a financially difficult situation. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program aims to provide these families with access to adequate dairy products by giving them food vouchers that can be used n exchange for milk and formula. This is an essential part of a young child’s diet, so if you are struggling the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program may be the answer for you.
Studying further is a very admirable thing to want to do. If you are a single parent, then studying further will help you to improve your situation and find a better job. This will also allow you to improve the situation of your children who will also see you as a good example. That is why there are a surprising number f individuals and institutions out there who are more than willing to help you fund your studies. You just need to know where to go and what questions you should ask to find these sources.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Nevada
Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship (GGMS)
One of the many options that you may want to consider if you are looking for a way to get back to your studies is the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship (GGMS). This is a grant that is available to all eligible Nevada residents and that covers about 56% of their tuition costs which is great if you find that you are a little short of cash.
Western Undergraduate Exchange Program
In Nevada the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education administers the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program which is a program that you can as a single parent benefit form if you are hoping to find a way to finance your studies more easily. This program makes it easier for you to transfer to a western state and not pay an exorbitant rate in study fees to do so. This is just one of the many general options available and it must be noted that single parents can take advantage of these options even if they are not specifically aimed at single parents.
Specialized Scholarships and Grants
There is a large shortage in the medical industry in Nevada just as the shortages that have been experienced in the other states. This means that if you are a single parent who is interested in getting their foot in the door of the medical industry, then this may be the answer for you. There are several options that are available in terms of grants and scholarships for such students and if you are willing to work in state designated areas once you are qualified, then this is the line of work for you.
One scholarship available for these kinds of students is Nevada’s Professional Student Exchange Program. This is aimed at students who are particularly interested in becoming professionals in the areas of Veterinary Science, Pharmacy or Optometry. In exchange for the financial aid that you will receive to pay for your studies you will be required to work for the state for a set period of time in an undeserved or low income facility. This can work in your favor as you will be able to gain valuable experience during this time.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship is available in all states to students who have demonstrated that they have a strong academic ability and that they are able to achieve great things in the academic arena. There are a number of rules governing who qualifies and who doesn’t qualify for this fantastic and extremely helpful scholarship. The rules are as follows:
- Eligible recipients must be top students in their graduating class
- Eligible recipients must have top GPAs and ACT scores class
- Qualified recipients must be accepted into a four-year college program anywhere in the United States class
College grants and scholarships
There are a number of schools and colleges that provide scholarships to students who are interested in studying within their walls. If you have a particular school in the state in mind that you would like to study at the first thing you should do is to visit that school and find out what options they have in that regard. A good place to start is by visiting the school’s financial aid department and making some inquiries into what the options are and whether you are in fact eligible for them. This may be the best way for you to study.
Nevada State College System Grants and Scholarships
There are a number of Nevada State College System Grants and Scholarships that you are eligible for as a single mother living in Nevada. There are only handful of these scholarships given out regularly, so make sure that you know the facts and how to qualify before applying. Some of the options that are available to you are:
- The Nevada State Access Grant class
- The Nevada Grant-In-Aid class
- The Out-of-State Grant-In-Aid program class
- The Regents Award Program class
To qualify for these you will have to prove that you have a financial need as well as academic merit.
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 (TANF)
One of the options that you may be interested in is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program which provides monetary assistance to needy families in the form of a debit card that can be used to purchase various household items and food. This is, as the name implies, a temporary program and cannot be treated as a final solution to all of your financial problems. After a while this aid will be withdrawn. The aim is to help you over a difficult time while you strive to regain your self-sufficiency once more.