Beshear: We Are "Looking Very Hard" At Restoring Child Care Assistance Funding

Jan 16, 2014

Gov. Steve Beshear is pledging to seriously consider options for restoring some or all of the cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program.

The program froze new applications last April and increased income requirements for eligibility in July. The cuts were made in order to make up for an $86 million budget shortfall.

Beshear has also indicated he’s prepared to push for new cuts in order to bolster funding for K-12 education. Kentucky Youth Advocates executive director Terry Brooks says he hopes lawmakers won’t shift funding from one child service to another.

"We think it's really important that those cuts on behalf of K-12 don't come at the expense of other kids programs, so what we don't want to do is a shell game where we lose more for child care to help K-12. It's really a matter of investing in kids," Brooks told WUKY.

Brooks says he was encouraged, however, by the governor’s pledge to work toward restoring funding child care assistance.  

Beshear and Brooks both spoke as part of the 10th annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol.