Proposal to limit income eligibility for child care assistance

New Mexico

New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families Department is proposing a new limit to income eligibility for child care assistance. Next month, a public hearing will be held on the issue.

CYFD wants to reduce the income gap from 200 percent of the federal poverty line to 160 percent, about $41,000 for a family of four.

Under former Governor Susana Martinez, the state agency agreed to the 200 percent cap as the result of a class-action settlement, but CYFD says it did not get legislative funding to make it work.

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