More than one-third of the state money supports care for school-age children. Brown says finding care has been difficult for poor families, even before these cuts. Now, she predicts parents will be making some tough decisions – to leave their jobs, or leave their kids home unsupervised.
"Yes, that’s what it will come down to. You know, not every program in the state accepts DSHS, for one. Many programs across the state will only accept a certain number of DSHS families, because they have to have other families who pay the full rate of tuition."
The changes begin in October and are estimated to save the state almost $15 million.