CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A total of $137,500 in grants have been awarded to 21 child day care centers in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties who care for children who get assistance from the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
Many of the children whose care is subsidized by the state are from low-income families, officials said.
Due to welfare reform, members of the low-income families are trying to make the transition from welfare assistance to employment.
To allow the families to concentrate on their job searches, the state subsidizes the day care for their children.
To improve the quality of day care, Gov. Cecil Underwood has awarded $1.74 million in grants to 226 licensed day care centers in the state.
A minimum of $5,000 was awarded to any center that applied, and an additional $2,500 was awarded to any center that had never received money through the program, acccording to the governor's office.