Kentucky General Assembly approves state budget… Share your thoughts now!

On Monday, March 31st, the Kentucky General Assembly approved a two-year spending plan for various Kentucky government services, including childhood education.  The $20.3 billion budget passed in the House by 89-11 and in the Senate by 37-1 after an extensive weekend discussion.  Though Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear proposed full restoration of cuts made to the Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in 2013, the approved budget would not fully restore these cuts until 2015-2016.  Beshear’s proposal added $53 million in 2014-2015 and another $58 million in 2015-12016. Instead, the General Assembly’s budget would allocate $39 million for 2014-2015 and the full restoration amount, $58 million, the following year.  Though funds may support improvements and accessibility of child care in Kentucky, it remains unclear exactly how funds will be spent.

Tell us your thoughts on the recent agreements made in the comments section below.

Tell us how Kentucky’s Child Care Assistance Program cuts are affecting you, your family, or your child care program

Over the past 4 months Kentucky’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) has gone through drastic changes. Cuts to CCAP threaten Kentucky families ability to work and provide for their children. We feel it’s important that Kentucky policy makers hear these stories and with your help we’d like to tell them. In the comments section please share how these cuts are taking a toll on your family or program.