Budget cuts could cut child care programs

4:36 PM, May 22, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Advocates for state funded child care made a lot of noise on the south steps of the Capitol Tuesday morning.

The program is poised to lose $450 million in budget cuts in order to close a $16 billion deficit. The cuts would displace 30,000 children. The child care stipend is the only way some parents can go back to work and get off welfare.

Following the rally, child advocates said they have face to face meeting with 90 percent of the state legislature.

"Go out there, tell your stories, make sure every single legislative office in this capitol knows how important the work you do is," Sen. Loni Hancock, D- Berkeley, said.

"It's about being able to work; and especially in this economic climate, we're focused on keeping and putting people to work," California School-Age Consortium spokesperson Ruth Obel-Jorgensen said. "Yet, they cannot work if they do not have child care."

Proposition 49 guarantees funding for after school programs. But those programs have waiting lists and can't absorb the consequences of a $450 million cut in funding.

Much of the funding now in jeopardy goes toward caring for children under the age of five.


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