Louisville parents feel effect of new child care assistance guidelines

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 1:39 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Crescent Hill Child Care is already feeling the impact of new low-income guidelines. In April the Child Care Assistance Program froze shutting the window on any new applicants. Sarah Wheatley was one parent who was turned away. Wheatley used the assistance program in the past for her 6-year-old son but now she can't. She has to pay in full.

The new guidelines are a result of an $86 million budget shortfall for the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services in the 2014 fiscal year. Now only those who are 150 percent below the poverty line qualify. In the past qualified candidates needed to have income that was 100 percent below the poverty line.

Wheatley is expecting her second child and said she may be forced to quit her job she started a few months ago because she simply can't afford the childcare now that she doesn't qualify for assistance.

Director at Crescent Hill Childcare, Chanley Burnett, said since June 1 enrollment has gone from 104 to 85.

Burnett said if enrollment continues to drop off it could force layoffs or the facility to cut its operating hours. Currently, the daycare has 20 employees and is open until 9:30pm.

The Community Coordinated Child Care advocacy group said they are hopeful these guidelines are reversed, but at this point lawmakers have not addressed any possible change.



 

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