Help for Families With Kids
Wyoming Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The Wyoming Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides financial assistance to keep children in their homes while the family is temporarily unable to support themselves. While receiving assistance, parents or caretaker relatives work on an employment plan to become self-supporting.
Wyoming Head Start
The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm worker families.
Wyoming School Breakfast and Lunch Program
The School Breakfast Program provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious breakfast to students each day. Similarly, the goal of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is to protect the health and well-being of the nation's children by providing nutritious school meals every day. NSLP provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious school lunch. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast and lunch served, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards.
Wyoming Summer Food Service
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals to low-income children during school vacations. More than 26 million children eat school lunch every day when school is in session, and about half of them receive their meals free or at a reduced price due to low household income. The Wyoming summer program offers those children nutritious food when school is not in session.
Wyoming Special Milk Program
The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools, childcare institutions and eligible camps that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. Schools that participate in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs, can participate in the Special Milk Program for half-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children who do not have access to a school meals program. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve.
Wyoming Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, & children up to age five who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious supplemental foods, health and nutrition, breastfeeding education and support, and referrals to health care. The WIC program of Wyoming is administered by the Wyoming Department of Health.
Wyoming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Did you know that for every five people that are eligible for SNAP in Wyoming, only three are receiving benefits? The Wyoming SNAP is taking the necessary steps to reach all people that meet the 130 percent poverty level, by reaching out to all potential individuals and families. SNAP, under the Department of Family Services (DFS), provides crucial support to needy households and to those making the transition from welfare to work. Our mission is to raise the levels of nutrition among low-income households, and provide them more nutritious foods for a better diet. SNAP follows regulations and rules established by the Federal government and the Food Stamp (SNAP) Act of 1977 as the basis for the present day program.
Wyoming Kid Care Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Kid Care CHIP is Wyoming's Children's Health Insurance Program. The program is designed to provide health, vision and dental insurance to Wyoming's children and teens through the age of 18. To be eligible, children must be uninsured and meet income and eligibility guidelines.