The board approved a contract with Child Care Research and Referral out of Rochester to process the county's basic sliding fee child care assistance program
County Community Services Director Beth Wilms said it will save staff time, make sure more people use the program, insure efficiency for the people who are looking for the service, and enable the county to retain more state grant money that it has had to turn back to the state.
Wilms said there are many people in the county who may be eligible but who do not take advantage of the sliding fee program that provides assistance to families who need to pay for child care.
The contract is for $122,000 a year. Winona County's share could be less than half that based on the number of people taking part and federal reimbursement. Wilms said the Rochester firm should be able to increase the number of people signing up.