Child Care Waiting List Reaches 11,000

By: Venton Blandin Email
By: Venton Blandin Email

March 6, 2007

The Virginia Department of Social Services said close to 11,000 children are on the waiting list for subsidized child care across the state.

A top official with the department believes most of those waiting live in Northern Virginia.

United Way in Charlottesville said 100 kids are on waiting list for our area. The contrast between the two areas can be misleading with regards to the help that is available.

"The way the list works is that we have a lot of families who, when they hear there is a list at all, they just don't apply. Once the list starts to get shorter, which it has within the last six months, we'll see it grow again," said Jon Nafzinger of the United Way.

A shortage of funding for the program has forced state officials to direct more money toward families leaving the welfare system.

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