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Budget cuts impacting child care

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

PERRY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Full-time child care, Monday through Friday, at the Children's House Montessori School in Perry County is $85 dollars a week .

This may sound affordable for some, but the owner and director says many low income families have to make a tough decision.

Caregivers at the child care facility say families are struggling because of budget cuts.

The Children's House Montessori School has only been open for one year, but the director and owner says she is noticing a change.

Amy Combs is the owner and director.

“I can tell the difference in my business. The calls are not coming like they use to. You know there's a lot of child care centers across Kentucky that are going to go out of business because of cutbacks,” said Combs.

Amy Combs is blaming funding cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program.

Budget cuts went into effect just yesterday and already this owner says eight students have dropped out.

Combs also says the costs of running the center continue to go up.

“I've kinda tried to keep my school half and half. Half paying tuition and half funded. You know I’ve tried to help everybody," said Combs.

Without assistance, she says low income families are suffering.

“Meals for those children. They are low income families and here they are being fed breakfast. They are being fed lunch. They are being fed snack Monday through Friday," said Combs.

One employee says she understands that parents are left with tough decisions.

“I couldn't imagine. I'm a parent of two boys. Which my boys are grown now, but you know that's a hard decision. You know, when you have to work you want to make sure your kids are well taking care of and you want to know that they're at a place that they're being fed, that they're being watched," said part-time employee Kim Dixon.

Combs says she will continue doing what she can to help struggling families.

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