Some child care operators in Mississippi say declining subsidies for low-income families are driving them out of business. They called on the state Thursday to do more to reduce the backlog of those waiting for government aid to pay for care.
At one point in 2010, the state used federal stimulus money to clear its waiting list. But it has been unable to meet demand since the extra federal money dried up, and 13,000 are on waiting lists.
Carol Burnett, executive director of the Mississippi Low-Income Childcare Initiative, wants the state to create more subsidy slots using federal money it's now spending on child care quality-improvement efforts and other welfare programs.
The Mississippi Department of Human Services, which oversees the subsidy program, did not immediately return a request for comment.