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Sens. Jacobs and Gallivan save funding for critical child care program

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Wed, Apr 5th 2017 08:15 pm

$500,000 keeps program going that helps low-income working parents

New York State Sens. Chris Jacobs and Patrick Gallivan succeeded in a last-minute effort to reinstate $500,000 in funding for the Facilitated Enrollment Child Care Program in Erie County. The program helps low- and moderate-income parents that are working attain affordable child care.

As budget negotiations neared the April 1 deadline last week, it was clear the $500,000 allocated in last year's budget was not included in the spending plan that was eventually passed.

"Child care often is a huge impediment to people seeking or trying to keep full-time employment," Jacobs said. "This program provides much-needed assistance as they transition to becoming more economically independent."

"This program is a worthy public investment to assure these parents succeed in their efforts to achieve employment success," Gallivan said.

The facilitated enrollment child care subsidy program is operated out of the Workforce Development Institute. The program offers subsidies to parents earning less than 275 percent of the federal poverty level. It is designed to support parents who earn too much to qualify for the Erie County child care subsidy, but cannot afford quality child care on their own.

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