Fewer low-income families will get subsidies for childcare under Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposed budget.
Cuts to the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services include less state and federal money to a program that helps working parents pay for day care. The program serves nearly 8,300 children, and cuts will bump about 1,500 children off the list.
The welfare division is trying to cut $52 million from the current biennium’s budget of $615 million that includes both state and federal dollars. Federal stimulus funds are expiring and the division largely depleted its reserves during the recent recession.
Supporters of the childcare programs said working parents will be forced to quit their jobs and to take care of their children, possibly tapping into the welfare system again.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.