Childcare

Local News
7:30 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Cut Critics to Push General Assembly to Expand Eligibility in 2014

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Critics of the state’s cuts to two programs benefiting thousands of Kentucky children are turning their focus to next year’s General Assembly session.

Earlier this year, the state Department for Community Based Services implemented drastic cuts to the Kinship Care and Child Care Assistance programs because of a budget shortfall. The programs give financial assistance to low-income working families to help cover child care costs.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Little Hope Remains for Staving Off Child Care Subsidy Cuts in Kentucky General Assembly Session

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Little hope remains for staving off drastic cuts a child care subsidy program for low-income, working Kentucky families to pay for child care costs before the first round of cuts go into effect in April.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Advocates Call for General Assembly to Intervene as Child Care Assistance Cuts Loom

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Community activists on Wednesday asked Kentucky state senators to find ways to stave off drastic cuts to a program that gives financial assistance to low-income families for child care costs while parents work or go to school.

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Politics
12:50 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Child Advocates Rally, Urge Kentucky Leaders to Restore Cut Child Care Funding

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FRANKFORT — Advocates for Kentucky children on Thursday called for state leaders to provide funds and stave off recently announced cuts to programs that provide assistance for child care costs and to family members who take in young relatives.

The calls were made Thursday at the ninth annual Children Advocacy Day rally, which organizers estimated more than 1,000 people joined. Because of the crowd's size, the rally was moved from the Capitol Rotunda to outside.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Drastic Cuts to Kentucky Child Care Assistance Leave Low-Income Families With Few Options

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Shironda Young waited two years to get her job as a cook. It's become the best job she's ever had.

Now, Young may have to give the job up because of recently announced cuts to a state program that gives financial assistance for child care to low-income working families.  Young cooks for a university; she doesn't work in the summer. The staff at the day care for her four children have told her that she'll likely be denied entry into Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program when she reapplies in fall 2013.

"I'll probably have to quit my job," Young said. "I absolutely have nobody to watch my kids. I can't afford day care—it's like $500 a week."

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Local News
7:59 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Could Kentucky Learn from Mississippi's Controversial Childcare Subsidy Move?

The scheme, prosecutors allege, worked like this:

A parent would sign up a child for the subsidy program meant to help low-income families cover childcare costs while parents worked or went to school. The parent would sign an attendance sheets for several days in advance. The child would never show up. The daycare would submit the paperwork to the program's administrator and be paid as if the child attended.

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