Child Care Cuts

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

July 10, 2006

Parents who get funding for child care could be in danger of losing their scholarships unless the state finds more money. There are new restrictions as to who can get federal dollars for low-income child care.

"I can't afford regular daycare for my kids and I would probably be at home jobless," said Roxanne Johnson.

Johnson is a single parent of four and she like so many others depend on government funding and non-profits to help pay for child care.

"The childcare provides an opportunity for the children to be in stable childcare everyday," said Cathy Train of the United Way.

Gov. Tim Kaine proposed a budget amendment to cover costs, which failed, however he says he's still searching for solutions.

"We want to use daycare to put people in the workforce, rather than not working if that's the right thing to do," said Kaine.

Kaine spent time in Albemarle County at the YMCA talking to people who would be affected.

"She said, well, we're a small enough community that we know individually the people who will be affected. It's not like hundreds of kids diffused all over a big community. We really know these families," said Kaine.

Kaine says he's trying to find a way to put unallocated money towards child care, but as for pulling in new dollars:

"There's a possibility, but right now it's not looking very good," said Marilyn Tavenner, Virginia Secretary Health & Human Resources.

Kaine originally proposed a $6 million budget amendment to cover the child care costs after the budget agreement.--however all 16 of his proposals were voted down to save money for transportation.

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