Check out the videos below of parents and child care providers that have felt the significant impacts of the Child Care Assistance Program cuts that began last year. The Child Care Assistance Program helps low-income parents maintain employment or further their education while their children are learning and being cared for in a safe environment.
Because of the cuts, Kentucky now has the lowest eligibility level in the nation for parents to qualify for child care assistance and no new families can enroll in program due to a freeze on applications.
After the cuts took place, parents and child care providers began sharing their stories to show the need for our state elected leaders to restore the funding for the Child Care Assistance Program.
The House included full restoration of the Child Care Assistance Program funding in their version of the budget. The Senate also included funding for the Child Care Assistance Program but did not fully restore funding for the program. This means that not all working families earning up to 150% of the poverty line will be eligible for child care to help them keep their jobs. Members from both the House and Senate will soon negotiate a final budget plan.
The stories below are just a few of the many reasons why it is so important to fully restore child care assistance.
We urge you to TAKE ACTION like these parents and providers did and contact your legislators TODAY.