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Daycare Centers May be Forced to Close Doors

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 12 Jul 2012 06:23pm | comments

Some daycare centers across the state say they are closing their doors because of funding cuts.  MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports.

When Carolyn Todd's family opened Enchanted Days Learning Center in Senatobia three years ago- she thought it was the perfect opportunity to help low income families who needed child care.

"A lot of our kids come in that center and the three meals that they get are the only meals that they get."

But since the federal government began cutting subsidies for low income parents,  Todd says she's watched her business suffer.

"We were not able to enroll the children and with the low enrollment we've had to lay off staff, cut hours and we're faced with a lot of challenging decisions to make."

Todd is part of a growing group of Child Daycare providers who are being forced to rethink their business plan. That's why Carol Brunette, Executive Director of the Mississippi Low Income Child Initiative says her group is asking the Department of Human Services to redirect funds from other projects to put back into the daycare subsidies program.

Ironically, those are the same sentiments expressed by Laura Dickson with the State Department of Human Services.

Dickson says the Mississippi Child Care subsidies Program serves nearly 20 thousand Mississippi children. Another 13 thousand are on the waiting list. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.

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