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Beshear's budget proposal includes child care funding for low-income families

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- From work to welfare: that's the reality for thousands of Kentucky families who are about to lose their child care. 

However, WDRB News has learned that there is still some hope, all resting in Governor Steve Beshear's budget proposal.

If it passes, it will include millions of dollars to help low-income parents pay for child care.

"This is probably going to be my last week working," said Christina Stopher, a single parent struggling to pay for child care.

So why in the world is she about to quit her job? 

"Because it's 85 percent of my paycheck to pay child care for the both of them to be here it wouldn't even be worth it to work."

Stopher is an assistant director at a Hikes Point Child Care center, but her salary is still not enough to make ends meet and cover the cost of child care for her two sons.

"I am going to have to, I guess, quit and get on food stamps and everything else that I was trying to get off of because I just got off of all that stuff because I was doing better," Stopher said.

Stopher is one of thousands of working Kentucky parents who lost their child care subsidy during last year's budget cuts.  She has been promoted on the job she worked hard to maintain, but it is as not been easy. 

"At first I started in the kitchen and then I worked my way up and now I am the assistant," said Stopher.

"This has been a dreadful year for people that have young kids and are low-income, working parents," explained Susan Vessels, executive director of Community Coordinated Child Care, also known as 4-C.

It may be a dreadful year, but Vessels says there's hope in Gov. Beshear's budget proposal.

"Being able to get things back on track is just going to be a Godsend."

Vessels and other child care advocates have been talking to lawmakers and feel confident about what they've heard. 

"So now we're hoping that those same legislators are going to put their money where their mouth is and come up with the same conclusion that the governor did -- that we just have to have this program," said Vessels.

Meanwhile, Stopher is trying to keep smiling and have faith that something positive will happen before she has to take drastic steps.

"I'm going to try to but I don't know how well I'll be able to accommodate that but I'm going to try," said Stopher.

Right now, the governor's budget proposal is in the House and will go to the Senate from there.

However, a final vote won't come until the end of the session in April.

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