Mary Alice Reporting – To help ease some financial burden families may have, the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities has set aside temporary funding assistance.

Eligibility requirements must be met to help families, dealing with a variety of work and school scenarios, with a child who utilize TuscBDD for services.

Community Relations and Special Projects Director Kerri Silverthorn notes that this funding can be available even if a student does not attend TuscBDD full-time.

“Any student in Tuscarawas County, whether it’s New Philly or Newcomerstown or at Starlight School, as long as they’re utilizing the virtual option or the remote or hybrid option.”

As part of the qualifications, families must verify that they do not have the means to pay for childcare during blended learning. According to Silverthorn, the funding is a way to reimburse for childcare expenses, based at a minimum rate of $10 per hour, for the time that child would have typically been in school.

The amount can range between $200 to $800 per month through the limited funding availability that is possible through voter-approved levies and budgeting.

“There is a slight difference between what you would receive if you were working inside the home and then outside of the home. If you’re someone who goes to a job outside of the home, you will receive a higher level of funding. We still wanted to make sure we were taking care of those families who had parents working from home as well.”

Silverthorn asks any interested families to contact their Service and Support Administrator (SSA) about the COVID-19 Childcare Relief Fund, who will then go over all requirements and the application.

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