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Stimulus funds child-care scholarships for working families.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Phil Bredesen in early May announced the creation of a child care scholarship for low-income, working families through the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

The scholarship comes through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Providers at all licensed child care centers and homes across the state are eligible in this one-time, $42 million program.

All 5,100 licensed child care providers in Tennessee will be receiving letters, including area Boys and Girls Clubs, about the program. Child care agencies will identify families that are not eligible for existing programs and have the greatest need to participate in the scholarship program.

"This scholarship is designed to help working families provide their children safe, quality child care," Bredesen said. "The Department of Human Services has created an excellent program to use valuable child care Recovery Act dollars to reach as many eligible families as quickly as possible." A family of four must make less than $4,260 a month gross income to qualify.

The program will end when the federal money has been allotted.

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