HUNTSVILLE — Home day care operators can receive financial assistance for food served to children through a program sponsored by East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA).

According to Veronica Stephens, program manager, the Knoxville based agency is working to identify and contact all providers of child day care programs in East Tennessee to offer assistance.

ETHRA serves as a sponsoring agency for the Child and Adult Care Food Program in East Tennessee. The Tennessee Departmen tof Human Services provides ETHRA the funds, which are available to reimburse licensed day care providers for the cost of meals served to children.

ETHRA can serve the following types of care care facilities:

•Alternate Approval: A home that is providing care for up to four unrelated children. Provider must obatin a Letter of Compliance from sponsor.

•Family Day Care: A day care home operated by any person who receives pay for providing less than 24-hour supervision and care without transfer of custody for up to seven children under 12 years of age.

•Group Day Care: A day care facility operated by a person, social agency, corporation or institution, or any other group which receives eight or more children under 12 years of age less than 24 hours per day for care outside their own homes without transfer of custody.

Providers whose own child(ren) are enrolled in their day care may receives reimbursement if they meet income requirements (available at the ETHRA office).

ETHRA staff are available to provide help to any indivudula or group interested in obtaining a license to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Home day care providers already operating in the area are also eligible to participate in the program.

For additional information on assistance, contact Stephens at (865) 691-2551, ext. 4229 or Vstephens@ethra.org