Topeka The state announced Thursday it will distribute $5.5 million to help low-income families cover the cost of back-to-school expenses.
“Regardless of the economy we’re in, Kansas children deserve a quality education,” said Gov. Mark Parkinson. “This assistance will help provide the tools kids need to succeed in the classroom and a boost to the families that are working so hard just to make ends meet.”
An estimated 11,000 families will receive a $500 one-time payment this week. Eligible families will be notified by mail.
The funding is authorized by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and provided through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.
“As we continue to emerge from this economic recession, we must ensure families in need are not left behind. I’m pleased that we can provide this assistance to help ensure that Kansas children enter school ready to learn,” said Kansas Secretary of Social and Rehabilitation Services Don Jordan.