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Local News
7:02 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Following Expansion, Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Gained 3,200 Kids In About a Month

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Last year, a budget shortfall led to the slashing of a subsidy program that helped low-income Kentucky families cover the cost of child care. 

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Local News
4:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Details of the Kentucky Child Care Subsidy's Expansion Next Month

Southside Christian Child Care on Klondike Lane

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services this week released a few more details on the process for expanding eligibility to the Child Care Assistance Program.

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Local News
9:51 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Kentucky Child Care Subsidy to Cover 6,000 More Families. Here Are Some Details.

The Southside Christian Child Care center on Klondike Lane.

The state will expand a child care subsidy to cover an estimated 6,000 more low-income working families starting in August, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday evening.

Kentucky cut the Child Care Assistance Program last year because of a budget shortfall, causing thousands of children to lose eligibility and leading to financial struggles for day care operators.

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Local News
3:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New Funds to Kentucky Child Care Subsidy May Not Reach Families Until August

Southside Christian Child Care's Klondike Lane location.

The state won't increase the number of Kentucky children who are eligible for a child care subsidy until late summer, adding to fears for the financial viability of some day care owners.

Some child care providers expected the increase to start July 1, but state officials plan for the Child Care Assistance Program increases to begin no sooner than August. The added weeks may prove costly to the state's child care businesses, child advocates say.

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Local News
9:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

What's Next as Kentucky Begins Restoring Its Child Care Subsidy Program


 Because of action by the General Assembly in the just-closed legislative session, more low-income working Kentucky families will be eligible for the state's subsidy to help  them cover child care costs, state officials said.

But the state agency that runs the Child Care Assistance Program is still "analyzing options" for how to implement the increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year, officials tell WFPL.

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Local News
6:53 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Kentucky Child Advocates Cheer Gov. Steve Beshear's Request to Restore Child Care Assistance Program


Kentucky children's advocates were surprised and pleased with Gov. Steve Beshear's recent budget proposal to restore a child care subsidy cut last year.

Christina Stopher is more worried than anything else.

On the same day Beshear unveiled his budget proposal, Stopher found out that she was losing the child care subsidy for her boys, 3 and 5.

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7:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Budget Preserves K-12 Education, 5% Cuts For Most Agencies

Steve Beshear
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FRANKFORT—Making good on his pledge to reinvest in K-12 education, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's biennial budget would restore public education funding to 2008 levels, with a pledge of $189 million in a budget greater than $20 billion.

But Beshear said his budget was was made possible in large part by a 5 percent cut across many state agencies. 

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Local News
8:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Restore Child Care, Kinship Programs This Session


Cuts to two state subsidies benefiting Kentucky children have been under criticism from youth advocates since they were announced, but a top state legislator indicates that little will be done to restore the programs in the 2014 General Assembly session.

The Child Care Assistance Program gives subsidies for day care costs to low-income parents, so they can work. The Kinship Care program offers $300 per month to adults caring for the children of family members, as an alternative to the costlier foster care.

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Local News
12:01 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Oldham County is No. 1 in Kentucky Child Wellbeing Ranking

A kindergartner working with shapes at Shelby Elementary School in Louisville this year.
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The best county in Kentucky for children is Oldham—or, at least, they're doing better there than in the state's 119 other counties, says a first-time ranking of the well-being of kids in the state.

For the first time, Kentucky Youth Advocates' Kids Count County Data Book has broken down the state's 120 counties, considering economic security, education, health and family/community support. 

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Local News
2:56 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kentucky Ranks Last in U.S. for Access to Child Care Assistance, Report Says


Kentucky ranks last in the U.S. for access to subsidy programs that help low-income parents pay for child care costs while they work, according to a report from the National Women's Law Center.

The report released Wednesday compares how each state handles child care assistance programs, which is funded partially through a federal grant.

In most states, the condition of child care assistance programs improved from the previous year—meaning, for instance, more families may be eligible for the subsidy, the report said.

In Kentucky, the program fares worst.

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