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Durham children could lose day care subsidies

Posted December 1, 2010

— About 250 children in 200 Durham families will lose the scholarships they use to offset the cost of child care Dec. 17 as a result of cuts in state funding for county programs.

A group of Durham County child care providers are working to raise awareness and nearly $1 million in resources to keep the Smart Start funding available.

The average scholarship in Durham is more than $7,000.

Sue Russell, president of Durham’s Child Care Services, which provides the Smart Start scholarships, said the county saw $7 million less from the state this fiscal year and $16 million less in the previous fiscal year.

“We were serving these families at the end of June, and in July, we expected some of these families to transition off to other funding sources, and the money wasn’t there,” Russell said.

Child care advocates say the cuts are not only in Durham County but across the state and affect more than 40,000 children in need of childcare assistance.

About 1,700 are on the waiting list for Smart Start, a nonprofit that works to ensure young children are prepared for success in school and in life.


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  • casoucie Dec 2, 2010

    It is simple people, do not reproduce beyond your means.

  • FromClayton Dec 2, 2010

    yep. and i have to pay for my kid to go to daycare myself. $40/day. That hurts the pocketbook...but I do it. I knew it was part of the package when I decided to have a baby. IF you cant afford a baby, dont have one.

  • lowepg Dec 2, 2010

    Yep. The handouts have to stop somewhere. This is nothing compared to what will have to come in the future however....

    The welfare community of Durham is going to have a rude awakening soon....

  • tamiya_stars Dec 1, 2010

    Yep, such nonsense is exactly what needs to end. If you are poor, then work something out with other poor folks where one mother keeps the kids so the others can work, just like we did back in the day.

  • RB-1 Dec 1, 2010

    Smart Start is a good viable program. Still, if we can't afford it, we can't afford it which basically means the children of those who can afford it will excel while the children of those who cannot will start off school at a deficit.

    Programs like Smart Start, while good, work to rob kids of their chance to just be kids - to play with abandon, to figure out the world, to learn how to socialize. It's turned them all into little robots ready for public school, and public school says they have to know their ABCs and how to count to 10, if not more.

    Heck! When I went to kindergarden, all they asked is if I would use the bathroom on my own.

    That's what we've done to our children, and that's why many of them are drinking, on drugs and are committing suicide - because we've placed so much pressure on them at such an early age that they can't handle it.

    I feel sorry for young kids who can't just be kids.

  • gingerlynn Dec 1, 2010

    Don't have kids if you cant afford them. Birth control is free at the health department.

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  • jdupree Dec 1, 2010

    This is just Tax Payer Paid Day Care. I bet many of the parents don't even work! This is exactly the type thing that needs to end. We cannot keep writing blank checks for this type program.

  • ckblackm Dec 1, 2010

    Let's get rid of the not-for-profit status for churches too.. that ought to create a nice tax base.