Meanwhile, in Arizona, 13,000 children have been placed on the state’s waiting list for child care assistance since February 2009, and the list keeps growing. The Arizona Child Care Association and Early Care and Education Consortium recently released a video showing what these cuts mean for Arizona families relying on child care and child care providers trying to stay in business. Child care centers and classrooms previously filled with children are now closed and empty because of a lack of funding to help families pay for child care. The average annual cost of center care in Arizona is $6,626 for a four-year-old and $8,505 for a one-year-old. Few low-income families can afford these costs without some sort of financial help.
Unfortunately, what is happening in Arizona and Arkansas is not unique. With many states cutting child care and other funding in order to close budget gaps, low-income families and child care programs across the country are struggling. And the number of families without child care assistance and the number of child care programs forced to shut their doors are likely to increase unless additional federal child care funding is provided. by Stephanie Robinson, Intern, National Women’s Law Center
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From the National Women’s Law Center Where Will the Children Go?
Child Care Cuts Leave Families with Few Options
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.
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