A Helping Hand this Mother's Day
It is often said that one of the toughest jobs in life is being a parent. On May 11, Americans celebrate Mother's Day by honoring our moms for their support, sacrifices they make to raise us, and their overall influence on society.

Every day, moms make a difference with all that they do for their loved ones, but may not have access to the help they need. In honor of this special day, Benefits.gov is highlighting several benefit programs especially for moms, and soon-to-be expanding families who are in need of assistance.

If you are a new mom, pregnant, or thinking of starting a family, the following benefit programs and Federal government resources may be of assistance to you:

  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, provides supplemental foods, healthcare referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support at no cost. The program is for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and children up to age 5, who are found to be at nutritional risk.

  • Family Planning Services promotes positive birth outcomes and healthy families. This program initiates family planning projects consisting of the educational, comprehensive medical, and social services necessary to help determine the number and spacing of your children.

  • If you have school-age children, Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs) implement programs to provide activities that lead to improvements in student academic achievement and that strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel in meeting the education needs of children. You can search for PIRCs in your state to learn about specific services offered near you.

Are you, or a loved one, looking for quality care for your children? You may be eligible for the following child care and preschool programs due to your specific situation:

  • Child Care Resource and Referral Services help parents locate and choose quality child care by providing referrals to local child care providers, information on state licensing requirements, availability of child care subsidies, and other information. It features a helpful tool that allows parents to search for resources by zip code. ChildCareAware.org also has a child care calculator that you can use to budget your child care options based on your financial situation.

  • The Child Care Access program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education by providing campus-based child care services. This program is open to school-attending parents receiving Federal Pell Grants.

  • The Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote school readiness in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services for pregnant women and children up to age 5.

This Mother's Day, Benefits.gov wishes all moms and moms-to-be a day filled with precious family time. In addition to the information listed above, Benefits.gov features 75 Federal and state-specific programs catering to mothers and their growing families. To find out if you are eligible for these and other benefit programs, click "Start Benefit Finder" on the homepage to use our simple and confidential Benefit Finder.