September 29, 2006
The United Way of Charlottesville has agreed to match up to 50% of the money the city and county will contribute, in order to keep the organization's Child Care Scholarship Program going.
The state cut back on funding for the program, which meant hundreds of parents would be stuck with the bill. The program offsets the full cost of daycare so low income families can work and still get safe and dependable care for their children.
"We are demonstrating our commitment to the partnership. We can't replace the federal funds that we were able to bring to the community, but we are trying to demonstrate a continued commitment to a program we think is very important," said Kathy Dowd, of the United Way.
This program has been in effect for over 30 years and officials said it is proven to work well for the parents and the children.