I was perusing my Facebook feed today and saw this post from the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association that says "MLFCCA Food Program participants: Re: Possible Federal Government Shutdown on Oct 1st, 2013. We have received information from the US Dept. of Agriculture that there are sufficient funds to cover your Food Program payments through October 31, 2013. If a federal shutdown does occur and causes a problem with future payments, we will keep you updated in a timely manner. Thank you for your understanding."
We don't want to be alarmists over here but we do want to make sure you have an idea of what could effect elements of child care with this looming government shut-down. So we did some research and pulled together some articles published within the last few days that will give you and idea of what is happening in regard to child care and child nutrition programs, such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
List 1: Government Shut Down and The CACFP
As MLFCCA's Facebook status indicates, there are funds through October 31. Learn more about the contingency plan here. Some states could continue funding but they take the risk that USDA may not be able to reimburse them. For more articles about the CACFP and the shut down see below.
List 2: Government Shut Down and Child Care
This list is a bit shorter. We haven't found many relevant articles but are still working on it. Head Start is definitely affected beginning with 20 out of 1600 facilities being immediately affected. We are still seeking out information regarding child care subsidies in general but I do believe if it's this hard to find information about it, that's a good sign! Ask your local R&R or Associations. If you find out information send it our way or post in the comments!