Budget cuts worry Washington child care providers - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Budget cuts worry Washington child care providers



















SEATTLE, Wash. - A coalition of child care advocates warns that proposed state spending cuts will hurt families and small businesses that depend on state subsidies to care for children.
     
The Rebuilding Our Economic Future Coalition, which is made up of more than 115 organizations, scheduled news conferences Thursday in Seattle, Yakima, Kennewick and Spokane to call attention to the families and child care providers that depend on the state's Working Connections program.
     
The coalition says a proposed cut in the program's spending would affect 20,000 children in more than 10,000 families and could force the closure of hundreds of child care providers.

"If we lose a third of the kids who are on Working Connections, we will be forced to close down my childcare business," said Tamra Dschaak, who provides in-home childcare with her husband in Spokane. "This means the loss of my small business to this community and our state and the loss of jobs for both me and my husband."

The Working Connections program helps approximately 36,000 families each month pay for childcare while they work. The Governor's budget proposes cutting this critical program by $88 million. That would be a one-third cut to all childcare subsidies in the state.

 

The Working Connections program helps approximately 36,000 families each month pay for childcare while they work. The Governor's budget proposes cutting this critical program by $88 million. That would be a 1/3 cut to all childcare subsidies in the state.  

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