Governor Tables Child Care Cuts
“After much discussion with parents and folks in the childcare industry, I decided it’s not in the best interest of West Virginia families to move forward with the scheduled changes to our state’s childcare subsidy,” said Gov. Tomblin. “We still have work to do; these programs are not sustainable with our current level of funding, but at this point, I believe it’s best to keep hard-working families in the program and to look for other ways to address the budget shortfalls.”
Earlier this year, over 800 families were told they would lose their child care assistance due to changes in the state’s eligibility requirements as of January 2013. The state had planned to eliminate child care assistance to all families above 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. Currently families can receive assistance up to 185% of the FPL.