Council Lines Up Against Child Care Assistance Cuts

Feb 1, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington’s Urban County Council is asking the state General Assembly to restore full funding to Kentucky’s child care assistance program.

The resolution requesting a reversal of the dramatic cuts made to the assistance program won unanimous support Thursday night.

The Kentucky Department of Community Based Services announced earlier this week that it plans to tighten the income eligibility requirements for applicants, end subsidies for relatives caring for children, and stop taking new applications starting in April. Child care providers and parents spoke in favor of the resolution during the council meeting – citing job losses for those working in child care and a lack of affordability for single parents.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey said this week that federal and state cuts, in addition to larger caseloads, has left an $86 million dollar budget shortfall. The cuts in child care assistance are expected to make up $58 million.