DHS Providing Child Care For Oklahomans Looking For Work

Tuesday, January 12th 2021, 5:30 pm

The Department of Human Services is offering to provide child care for Oklahomans looking to find a job during the pandemic.

"The opportunity to go back to work can definitely be impacted with the cost associated with child care. So, this platform allows us to remove that barrier and allows families to reengage in the economy," said Justin Brown, the director of the Department of Human Services.

DHS said anyone receiving unemployment benefits or just finished up can sign up for this program.

"You then can take 60 days to find a job and interview and get started, and we will cover the cost of child care," said Brown.

They said by removing this barrier, it is just another way the state can hopefully get back to where it once was. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said while unemployment numbers are steadily decreasing, the focus is still getting Oklahomans reemployed.

"We are starting to see people returning to positions, and the economy is opening back up. Having that ability to start a job and know you have a secure care for your child is a big deal," said Shelley Zumwalt, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

DHS said the easiest way to sign up is on their website.

"The website walks you through the eligibility process and the qualifications," said Brown. "If it is a subsidy provider in the state of Oklahoma in which there are thousands, that list is online."

So far, roughly 250 people have already taken advantage of this benefit. The program set to expire at the end of August.


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