State budget may make more cuts to childcare subsidiesPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash- Low income working families may soon be seeing more cuts to their childcare options.
KNDO spoke with spoke with one early learning center director who is trying to raise awareness about the issue. Deanne Eikenbary, director of "Country Kids Child Care" in says she took her budget cut concerns to local lawmakers, and one of them told her that not only was in favor of the past cuts, but that he supports even bigger ones.
Most Eikenbary's clients are low-income parents who get help paying for childcare through the working connections childcare program. Last fall the poverty level was lowered from 200% to 175% dropping families across the state from the program and raising co-pays for others. Many cannot afford other options for childcare.
"They're going to end up leaving their kids at home unsupervised and who knows what's going to happen. You can't just keep chopping education and healthcare, you have to put everything on the table and they're not doing that right now", says Eikenbary.
She and other critics are asking that legislators cut corporate tax loopholes before taking away from social services.
Deanne says earlier this year she asked representative Charles Ross about the budget cuts, and he told her that he supports cutting the poverty level in half to 82% which would cut out even more families.
Representative Charles Ross has not responded to KNDO's request for comment not gotten back to us yet.