SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Hundreds of Pennsylvania child care centers that serve children of low-income parents are supposed to receive subsidy checks at the end of next week, but a state budget impasse means no cash and tough decisions.
The Associated Press and media outlets across Pennsylvania are reporting stories of day care center owners failing to pay vendors, tapping into personal savings and considering whether they can continue to accept children from poor families.
Robyn Moore, owner of Shippensburg's My Place Too, says she hears similar anecdotes as she makes calls to organize an Aug. 17 rally on the Capitol steps.
"They're worried they won't be able to pay their bills and their businesses may close," she said.
With 10 of her 44 enrolled children affected, Moore is cutting staff hours and thinking about closing classrooms. She, like Franklin County's legislative leaders, sees no end in sight for the state's six-week-old budget stalemate.