Contact Information

Early Learning Specialist
Amy Reyes
(307) 777-7708

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

The TANF Program, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, assists families with children when the parents or other responsible relatives cannot provide for the family’s basic needs. The Federal government provides grants to States to run the TANF program. 

The WDE, in conjunction with the Wyoming Department of Family Services, has received $3 million in funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant, allowing preschools to apply for TANF support. 

The TANF program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. Wyoming receives a block grant to create programs that accomplish at least one of the purposes of the TANF program:

  • Provide assistance to needy families, so that children can be cared for in their own homes.
  • Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage. 
  • Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies. 
  • Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families. 

TANF eligible preschools may apply for the next grant cycle from October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2022. All eligible programs are encouraged to apply.

Grant proposals have been extended until April 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Proposal award notifications will be released on May 26, 2020.

Every effort will be made to adhere to this schedule to ensure proper time for planning for the October 1 grant commencement date. 

To receive an application, email Amy Reyes, TANF Preschool Grant Administrator/Early Learning Specialist at amy.reyes@wyo.gov.