FRANKFORT, Ky. (4/23/14) – Thanks in part to advocacy efforts by United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the hard work of its state and local partners, the Kentucky General Assembly restored funding for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in the next two-year budget.
"We are pleased that the Governor, Senate and House supported and restored funding for this important program," said Diana Willen (pictured right with Sen. Katie Stine, R-KY District 24), Fifth Third Bank, and a member of United Way Women Investing in the Next Generation (WINGs). "As business leaders, we understand that investing early in our children gives them the greatest chance to be successful in school and life. We want to thank members of the Northern Kentucky delegation for supporting child care assistance."
As Kentucky’s budget session came to a close April 15 at midnight, child care assistance for low-income families was partially restored in the first year and fully restored in the second year of the Kentucky budget. Funding for preschool was also increased from 150 to 160 percent of the federal poverty level – providing access to 5,000 more children. Fortunately, Senate Bill 54, which would have exempted some child care centers from licensing requirements, was defeated.
"This is the first time in eight years that the legislature has increased the state’s investment in early childhood," according to Brigitte Blom Ramsey, director, United Way. "We are so pleased that our elected officials understand the importance of ensuring that all our children are prepared for kindergarten."
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