To the Editor,
Effective August 1, 2012; our community families will be receiving a devastating blow to their livelihoods when the state of West Virginia terminates child care reimbursement services to all enrolling families and mandates crippling fees for child care that these working families will be unable to afford.
As our community slowly recovers from a financially crippling economic system; many families will face the loss of jobs due to the inability to afford quality child care. Child care reimbursement services will no longer allow a family to return to school to obtain a better life and sustain employment that reduces current welfare participation.
These cuts will certainly affect local business profits. Licensed/accredited child care facilities will no longer be able to afford quality services. Where will our at risk children and families fall? It is imperative that our community representatives fight for the continuation of these services.
On Monday, July 23, 2012, child care directors, parents, business leaders are encouraged to attend a rally at the Capitol Building in Charleston at 11 a.m. asking the governor's office to lift the freeze on child care.
I ask all of the residents of our community to contact your legislators and government representatives pleading for our community. Please contact The Children's Academy at (304) 723-2900 for any additional information.
Christine A. Rosnick