New Mexico says more families eligible for child care help

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is launching a push to get more eligible families to apply for federally-funded child care assistance.

The Republican governor is scheduled Thursday to announce efforts to get families to seek assistance for a program that some might not even know exists.

New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Secretary Monique Jacobson says many families in one of the nation’s poorest states qualify for child care assistance but don’t know they so.

To qualify, families most earn just above the federal poverty line or less.

Jacobson says assistance is offered on a sliding-scale based on income.

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