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State child care cuts force hard choice on parents

State cuts to child care force some parents, especially single moms, to consider quitting work By The Associated Press

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) ' For years, child care assistance programs have offered low-income parents a lifeline.

But state legislatures dealing with multibillion dollar deficits have been targeting child care subsidies as one way to help balance their state budgets.

The cuts have come at just the time many parents need that help because full-time, well-paying jobs are in such short supply.

In the last fiscal year, combined state and federal funding for child care assistance fell by 2 percent to $12 billion, according to a 46-state analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

California mother Sarah Comito says day care charges for her 3-year-old son more than doubled this year after she was cut off from child care assistance. Now, she's considering quitting her waitressing job if she can't make ends meet.

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