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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bad news is waiting in the mailbox for many families in New Hanover County. The Department of Social Services is dropping 288 children from its Childcare Subsidy Program.

Cynthia Boulay got quite a shock when she picked up her kids from daycare Wednesday.

“Literally when I was walking out the door to take my kids home, I found out from the director she had gotten an email that said my daycare would be terminated as of September 30,” Boulay said.

Thanks to the New Hanover County Childcare Subsidy Program, Boulay pays just $400 a month for daycare for her twin infants and afterschool care for her son in Pre-K. Once that ends, her cost will go up to more than $300 a week. It’s an expense she and her husband can’t afford.

“I clear about $500 after taxes and after everything is taken out, so I would wind up losing money to send them to daycare,” Boulay said.

DSS Director LaVaughn Nesmith says this is the first time in several years the agency has had to drop families like this, but with the number of families being served, the program will not have enough money to complete the fiscal year.

“We are 30 percent above where we should be, and at the rate we are, it will take a lot to balance between now and May 30,” Nesmith said.

The first families dropped are those who were told they would only be eligible to receive benefits for a short period of time, but more will follow.

“We will continue to cut until the budget is balanced, so I don’t know how many that will be,” Nesmith said.

Leaving parents like Boulay in a difficult situation. She said if she can’t get help, she’ll have to quit her job to stay home with her kids. Her family’s lower total income would then qualify them for more government aid.

DSS asked the state for more money to avoid these cuts, but it was denied.

The next round of cuts will begin next month.

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2015 years 11 months ago

If you are under 25 or have less than 3 children you can’t get your tubes tied(in NY anyway) some young women who are responsible and take birth control sometimes get pregnant anyways, food for thought before you judge.

2015 years 11 months ago

I agree dumb jerks don’t realize they will need some assistance one day, you have to get old and who’s going to pay for their care???????

2015 years 11 months ago

My prayers are with you and your family and don’t listen to these dumb jerks because they never had to struggle how in the hell can they judge someone else situation. All you hear is my tax dollars this, but if the family is employed your tax dollars go toward those programs as well.

mom of two boys
2015 years 11 months ago

I understand that everyone struggles
This child care assistance was taken from me
I work and a full time student. Trying to better myself for my family. As a result I am now looking at dropping out of school and foreclose on my house. On limited income i need that assistance for the sake of my children.and me doing something with education so I don’t have to be on assistance Yes it was my choice to have kids.but god gave me my kids.

Regular Folk
2015 years 11 months ago

ENOUGH! We were a middle-class family. Not anymore. We are in debt up to our ears and I have to worry everyday how we are am going to pay our bills. We have never taken any handouts. To those who are getting assistance, suck it up – WE DON’T HAVE ANYMORE MONEY TO GIVE YOU. To the 1 percenters that are trying to get in office so they can tax me more and tax themselves less, stop being such greedy bastards – WE DON’T HAVE ANYMORE MONEY TO GIVE YOU.

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