North Hills, CA (Vocus) June 30, 2010
Penny & Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare and their families urge the community to reject the California Childcare Budget Cuts & elimination of core programs that are being used by our neediest communities. The list of impacted and /or lost programs is extensive and Penny and Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare believes these proposed cuts would negatively affect millions of families and hundreds of child care businesses across the State of California.
In the May Revised budget released Friday, the governor abolishes Cal Works, a proposal that would make California the only state without a major welfare to work program. In addition to helping parents transition to the workplace and financial self-sufficiency, Cal Works provides childcare to help families with young children. Although eliminating Cal Work’s childcare would save the states budget more then $1.6 Billion, it would also result in a loss of more then $4 Billion in matching federal funds. More then a million children would be affected by abolishing this program, according to First 5 L.A. Governor’s May Revised Budget Cut Update.
The governor’s plan also proposes the elimination of the state’s subsidized childcare services in order to save the state almost $1.2 Billion. Resulting in more then 51,000 childcare centers to close, affecting 142,000 children, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Penny & Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare feels that eliminating Cal Works would greatly affect the areas of San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita & Antelope Valley.
Listed below are fast facts from a local childcare R&R AGENCY:
- $101,692,128 Loss Income for Parents in Welfare to Work that would have been invested in our economy
- $92,000,000 Loss Direct payments to childcare providers that would have been invested in our economy
- 12,670 children services at just one local R& R Agency to be lost if Cal Works welfare to work program is eliminated
- 6,931 parents stand to loose their employment if this program is eliminated
- 5,376 child care providers may loose their small business if the Cal works program is eliminated
- 300,000 parents would lose access to Licensed child care referrals
Penny & Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare, Inc. is just one of the many childcare centers effected by the budget in operation, Since 1984. Serving on average 70% low income families, with a capacity of 200 children during a 24 hour period ,7 days a week. Providing quality childcare in the San Fernando Valley for infants, preschool, before & after school childcare services, for children newborn-13 years old. Penny & Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare has been a witness to how families over the past 27 years have been able to better educate themselves and eventually become financially self sufficient.
Penny and Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare feels that without these available programs families would have no where to go and its hard to imagine what would happen to these families and their children without the necessary programs and services. The immediate effects on Penny & Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare and a staff of over 25 teachers being effected in a number of ways. Cutting childcare programs hurts the economy, which hurts the children, families, and the community. Reduction in supports for child care shuts down economic recovery for California. Also as a child care center Penny & Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare have not received any increase for providing services, including the cost-of -living expense increase in over 4 years or more. Cutting childcare programs would cut teachers jobs and services at Penny & Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare. Cutting child care programs forces parents out of employment and into welfare. Child care is a small business and many are owned by women. These are just a few things that Penny & Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare are advocating.
Penny and Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare asks the community to participate in advocating for children and their families. As partners, together people can make a difference by supporting the vital programs & services that are needed to Keep California Working.
Those interested in participating in advocating for children and their families can call the Governor, Assembly Member, or Senator today and let him/her know how this will effect members of the community, the economy, and businesses.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: (916) 445-2841
Joint Budget Conference Committee Members: