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Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)
Tell your legislator to keep KY families working
Congratulations! You’re making a difference! Over 1000 messages, hundreds of phone calls and hundreds of names on petitions have all been sent to the Governor regarding the impending $86 million cut to child care.
Now that we have Frankfort’s attention, we need to move our message throughout the General Assembly and demand immediate action. If keeping citizens working is a priority of our elected officials, then the General Assembly and Governor Beshear must find the resources to protect that priority!
Kentucky’s extremely fragile childcare system, like all small business, depends on a precarious balance of profit and loss, economic conditions, and a competitive marketplace. These 2,400 small businesses employ 12,500 people who earn an average wage of a little over $19,000. It also enables the parents of 65 percent of our children under the age of five to go to work every day. Not just low-income parents, all parents.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family services warns that these cuts will result in more parents out of work because they cannot afford child care. According to the Cabinet, the cuts could mean as many as 28,000 fewer children will be served each month.
On Thursday, February 7 thousands of advocates will descend on the Capitol to meet with legislators and show their support for Kentucky’s children and families. On that day our message will be clear: Child care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for all working families.
If you are interested in attending there is still time to register. If you are unable to attend please let your voice be heard by taking action and sending this message to your legislators.
Yesterday the Cabinet of Health and Human Services announced deep cuts in child care assistance which would take effect in April. Everyone knows parents with young children need child care in order to work. Kentucky’s economy is weak enough. Now is not the time to make it more difficult for parents to get and keep a job!
- Effective April 1, 2013 the state will not accept new applications from low income working families seeking assistance.
- Effective July 1, 2013 income eligibility for current participants will be dramatically reduced — in fact, families would have to live below the poverty line to receive assistance (i.e, low wage workers would no longer receive assistance).
Immediate action is needed! There is a direct connection between parents’ ability to work and our economy. The last thing we need is increased unemployment. This isn’t good for kids and it’s not good for business.
Please click Take Action to send an editable, prewritten message to the Governor, and forward this email on to 2 additional friends, colleagues, clients, or family members and ask them to take action too. It’s very important that the Governor hears from as many people as possible. Thank you.
The news of massive budget cuts this week makes us all ask if kids count in Kentucky. That is a haunting question given the deep cuts to children’s supports on Tuesday, January 29. Next Thursday, February 7, is Children’s Advocacy Day (CAD) at the Capitol. It is THE day to make your voice heard for kids. Whatever your passion – fending off those Cabinet cuts; child fatalities due to abuse and neglect; human trafficking of young people – CAD is the place and the time to make a difference.
Children’s Advocacy Day Schedule
- 9:00-9:30am: Check-in and Register on the second floor mezzanine in the Capitol
- 9:30-10:15am: Kick-off rally in the Capitol Rotunda with youth speakers and performers
- 10:15-12:00pm: Meet with your legislators, and view artowrk in the tunnel
- 12:00-2:00pm: Mini-seminars on the 2013 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children in Annex Room 125. View the schedule of topics and speakers here.
- 2:00pm: View the House or Senate in session
Whether you plan to stay for the day or just come for an hour, your presence and your voice will make a difference.
See you at the Capitol!
Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol began in 2004 as an effort to unite advocates from across the state to raise their voices on behalf of children’s safety, health, education and economic well-being. Hundreds of advocates from over 50 counties now gather at the Capitol in Frankfort every year to ask legislators to invest in kids.
Expect to see elected officials, social workers, teachers, judges, doctors, public health experts, therapists, members of the military, seniors, and kids come together to rally on children’s issues and talk to legislators. Click here for more information.
The 9th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day will take place at the Capitol in Frankfort on Thursday, February 7, 2013.
Join us! REGISTER HERE
Call 485-6250 for more assistance.