Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director, in Response to the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources

Importance of Restored Child Care Assistance Program Funding to 150% of Poverty in House Budget

Jeffersontown, KY – Today’s hearing reminded us that the need for restored Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) supports is about hard numbers but also about very real stories.  We know that child care assistance is a win for kids, a win for families, a win for local communities, and a win for the state budget in the long-term.  In hearing the real-life stories today, we are reminded of countless other Kentuckians who have been devastated by the cuts last year and other fellow citizens who have thrived because of the power of the “hand up” that child care supports provide.  It is clear that the restoration of CCAP to at least 150% is necessary to support Kentucky children and families.  This is the kind of investment that ensures parents can keep their jobs; that while parents are at work, children are cared for in settings that ensure safety and preparation to succeed in school; and that local economies thrive.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an interview, please contact Andrea Bennett at 502-381-1176 or abennett@kyyouth.org.

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