June Ferrin runs the Beanstalk preschool program in Sacramento. She says her center is open—but the future is uncertain. She says parents at her center can’t pay fees without the state’s help.
“They’re barely making it from month to month on their paychecks if they’re having to then put out the money it costs to be able to have a child in childcare and to keep the program open, they’re not going to be able to afford that…”
The California Child Care Resource and Referral Network says more than 250-thousand kids statewide are in programs that won’t receive state funding. California’s budget is now a month overdue. The State Controller reports that in July he has had to withhold 300-million in child development program funds. The budget is tied up in the state senate where GOP lawmakers have said they want more spending cuts to reduce the size of deficits.