Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program cuts take effect Monday


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

FRANKFORT, Ky. - More local parents are facing a tough choice: pay more for child care or find an alternative.

The second part of a plan cutting funding for Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program goes into effect Monday.

Before Monday, the Child Care Assistance Program's income requirements were 150 percent of the poverty level, which amounts to $33,075 for a family of four. Now, that drops to 100 percent of the poverty level, or $22,050.

According to state estimates, these cuts will immediately cause 8,700 families to lose child care each month.

According to Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kentucky's eligibility requirements are now the lowest in the nation.

Back in April, a moratorium on applications to the program went into effect. No new families will be allowed to apply for either the Child Care Assistance or Kinship Care programs.

The cuts were put into effect as the Cabinet for Health and Family Services tries to fill a projected $86.6 million shortfall in the budget for the Department of Community Based Services.