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Child Care Services provides funding for some parents
By Toni Laird week or be enrolled in: an outline of child care re- come and number of children fee is not paid or arrange-
Staff Writer -non-degree(certificate) quirements. in care. Fees start at 9 per- ments are not made with the
Child Care Services of post-secondary vocational Parents must contact the cent of the family's gross provider, CCS will stop child
East Texas offers financial training local office at 1-800-676- monthly income for one care payments.
assistance for child care to -10 semester hours of col- 8283 or go to the Tyler of- child to receive care. Once a family is accepted
parents who meet their lege or fice located in the Workforce Two or more children re- into the program, they will
qualifications. -have a combination of Center at 4100 Troup High- ceiving care cost 11 percent receive a calculation of their
Quality Assurance Spe- employment and education way. There they complete an of the family’s gross monthly share of cost and a summary
cialist Sara Huddleston said that totals 30 hours. application packet and pro- income. Families with seven of their rights and responsi-
the biggest misconception Those who qualify can re- vide the requested informa- or more children fall under bilities. At that time they can
about their program is that ceive subsidized child care. tion. different criteria. choose their child’s care.
they are Child Protective CCS enforces income re- The Tyler office serves The parent fee must be CCS strongly enforces re-
Services, a day care facility quirements as well as a maxi- Smith, Cherokee, Van Zandt, paid in advance and cannot quirements for notification
or a day care facilities refer- mum allowable income de- Rains and Rusk counties and be waived. This fixed charge of work, school, training,
ral service. pending on the family size. a few zip codes in Henderson is not adjusted for the num- residence, telephone number
CCS is designed to pro- Parents can choose from County, Huddleston said. ber of hours per day or days and emergency contact infor-
vide financial assistance for several options for a provider TJC students qualify for a per week care is provided. mation. They require atten-
day care services for parents who meet CCS requirements. local match program that The fee is not reduced when dance and notification of ab-
who are working, partici- Providers must have a con- prevents them from being children are absent and it will sence as well.
pating in a job training pro- tract with CCS. They can be put on a waiting list if CCS not exceed the cost of the Parents who do not meet
gram or enrolled in school. a licensed child care center, a has funds available. child care, Huddleston said. requirements will be denied
Parents must meet spe- licensed child care home, a After parents apply, CCS The provider will report assistance. Parents must re-
cific requirements to registered child care home or will determine needs of both any delinquent parent pay- spond as directed to any
qualify. The CCS board re- self-arranged child care. children and parents. A par- ments and provide grounds communications from the
quires parents must work a CCS can give parents a list ent cost share or “parent fee” for terminating care. If the CCS office, Huddleston said.
minimum of 30 hours per of participating facilities and is based on the family in-
Jake Allee art display reflects his ‘Iowa work ethic’
By Lady Redding City for his bachelor’s degree. from the faculty, who are at nication here. You don’t see now. It is busting at the
Staff Writer He then earned a graduate different stages of their lives that everywhere,” he said. seams and there are going to
Art Instructor Jake Allee, degree from the University of and careers. “The Art Department is an be some cool changes
the new guy teaching art, North Texas in Denton. “There is a lot of commu- incredible place to be right ahead,” he said.
displayed his drawings and Afterwards, Allee appren-
ceramics in Wise Audito- ticed with Don Reitz, an im-
rium Gallery last month. portant and influential ce-
Allee said he chose ce- ramic artist, and assisted at
ramics as a medium because Anderson Ranch in Aspen.
he feels it is close to his Ceramics are somewhat
work ethic learned from downplayed in value because
growing up in Iowa. of the art vs. craft debate,
“You have to work hard Allee said. He likes to think
to make it there,” he said. of ceramics as “amorphous
In ceramics “I have to Legos.”
muscle stuff around. You When Allee started looking
can’t just sit at home.” for an teaching position, TJC
Allee started his educa- was one of the first to answer. Instructor Jake Allee displayed his drawings and pottery
tion at Indian Hills Commu- When he met the faculty, dean in Wise Auditorium Art Gallery. Photos by Lady Redding
nity College in Ottumwa, and president, he was con-
Iowa, and transferred to the vinced to come here.
University of Iowa in Iowa Allee said he is learning