Report: Cuts to Childcare Makes Program 'Cost-Prohibitive'
A new report on childcare assistance said West Virginia officials may have made the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program "cost prohibitive" when they raised parents' co-payments for the program in August. Read
In West Virginia, TANF provided needed financial assistance to more than 24,000 young children in 2011 whose parents had jobs or were attending school. Daycare is one major service provided by TANF.
In July, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ended an enrollment freeze to get children into the program, but did not reverse recent financial cuts initiated by the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy just released a new study -- "Reducing Child Care Assistance: The Impact of West Virginia's Low-Income Working Families" - that details benefits the TANF program provides to some of the state's poorest families, especially single mothers.