Gerry Roll speaking to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee (Source: KET)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Thousands of Kentucky families already struggling to survive could be hit again by a day care funding cut.
"I don't think any of us remembers a more difficult economic dilemma than the one we're in right now," said day care advocate Gerry Roll.
As financial uncertainty continues around the country, Kentucky families are being hit hard.
"If they lose their subsidies for childcare, then they're going to lose their jobs," Roll said.
That's because many parents could be forced to stay home to care for their children.
On Wednesday, a group went before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee to encourage lawmakers look for other solutions to a more than $85 million shortfall instead of taking money set aside to help parents pay for daycare.
"This has to be our wake up call," Roll said.
The Child Care Assistance Program will be hit the hardest. A family making $33,000 is eligible for assistance in the program; but come this summer, that won't be the case.
Starting in July, only a family making no more than $22,000 will be eligible. Those campaigning for things to stay the same warn about a trickledown effect.
"Just like stopping Medicaid would close our hospitals, like stopping food stamps would gut out grocery industry, like cutting off Pell Grants would close our community colleges and even some of our universities, we have made child care subsidies part of our infrastructure of our economy," Roll said.
Kentucky lawmakers continue to discuss the budget.