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Thousands of low income families cut from child care assistance

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - At the stroke of midnight, Kentucky's new budget takes effect. Several cuts were made in the budget, one being to the state's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

CCAP provides financial assistance for child care for roughly 8,700 working, low income families. A family of two could qualify for assistance with a monthly income around $1,800, beginning Monday, that will drop down to $1,200.

"For many families their wallets are going to be better off by unfortunately joining the unemployment roles and not having their children go to any childcare," said Terry Brooks, director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, during an interview with our radio partner, 84 WHAS.

Kentucky Youth Advocates said more than 1,400 children will be kept out of the childcare program that once qualified. They ask Kentuckians to call Governor Steve Beshear's office and make a plea to restore the supports for kids and families.

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