Tough Times for Low Income Families Needing Daycare

Bobbie West is a single mom, happy to bring her son Javan to Pinewood Preschool, but hurting that she might have to take him from his teachers and friends. Child Care Services, or CCS, that helped pay for daycare is cutting her off in two weeks.

"Well I think my biggest concern is they gave me 13 days to come up with the money and I get one paycheck before then," says Bobbie West. "To come up with the money in that time frame they just don't give you enough time."

With CCS help, Bobbie was able to bring her two year old here for only 67 dollars a month. On July 12, that bill goes up to 87.50 a week.  Even with a full time job at McDonalds, she's not sure she can afford the increase. It's a crisis she just doesn't understand.

"We provide to as many families as possible however that encumbered more than the allocation that we had," says Rosaura Copeland, CCS Acting Project Manager.

"So what we did or needed to do based on the income we're taking some of those children out of care temporarily is what's going to happen."

East Texas Workforce funds the CCS assistance program.  They are trying to find alternative ways to assist as many families as possible and the daycare providers relying on their help to survive.

Come July 12th the folks at pinewood pre school expect they'll see a whole lot less children playing on their playground. That's because about half of all the children that come here are CCS funded.

"Well, we will probably have to cut staff until we can get fully, get our enrollment back," says Sheri Barron with Pinewood Preschool. "We'll have to cut staff."

CCS hopes it can reinstate terminated parents later this summer.  For Bobbie West, she's looking for a second job to pay for the extra 283 dollars a month for Javan's daycare.