January 30, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Cost Subsidies to be Cut

The reality is beginning to settle in concerning government promises that it can't be the healer it has positioned itself to be, and that is evidenced in area of child care cost subsidies, which will be cut later in 2013, affecting thousands of low-income families in the Commonwealth.

Estimates are over 10,000 children will be impacted from the cuts.

No new applicants will be taken, according to the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services, nor subsidies be paid out for neglected or abused children beginning in April.

At this time the program has an $86.6 million shortfall based on cuts in state and federal funding, along with growing numbers of applicants, said Audrey Tayse Haynes, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Starting in July, the child care assistance program income requirements for a family of four will be cut from $33,075 to $22,050.

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