Go apply, there is a possibility you can just get one lump sum for your situation. In my state with a child under 1 you are not required to work, however if you work they give you assistance with day care regardless of a waitlist you get pushed right through.
You do have to file for child support if you start getting monthly assistance, and they assist you with gas mileage and everything, There is a state deadline, that varies from place to place and a federal deadline! Once you hit those there is no chance at getting further assistance. You will have to sign over papers saying you will get drug tested at their request, and a few other things...
In my county we have to go through an entrance class...and it explains all of these things!! HTH! GL.
at 3:06 PM on Jan. 19, 2011