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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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40 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: DSS cuts daycare help for hundreds of families"

2015 years 9 months ago

The wealthy did well, so let’s punish them?

The wonderful thing about the American freedom you people are trying to kill is that you are free to succeed AND free to fail. Nowhere in the Constitution is it written that the government must take from those who succeed and give to those who fail.

I’ve had a marvelously successful life because of MY efforts. You are not entitled to one penny of it. YOU didn’t earn it.

Regular Folk
2015 years 9 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.

2015 years 9 months ago

That’s one of the reasons my wife and I elected to NOT have children. Our work schedules and income made it unfeasable. It sucks but sometimes in life you have to make tuff decisions. Why are they continuing to have children? Do they just expect the Gov & taxpayers to pay for their children. Perhaps it’s time to tie those tubes??

mom of two boys
2015 years 9 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.

2015 years 9 months ago

Common, how can you infer that my “cut and paste” is calling to punish the wealthy who did well? Congratulations on your marvelously successful life because of YOUR efforts! I’m most certain that you never benefited from any corporate welfare whatsoever….

Maybe you haven’t lined your pockets with agribusiness subsidies, oil subsidies or profited by rigged, overpriced government contracts but many of your precious rich have. Maybe you never increased your wealth by outsourcing jobs or chopping benefits, but many of the precious rich you defend have. Maybe you never benefited from political barriers sheltering your business from real competition but again, many of the precious rich you defend have as well.

I agree, welfare NEEDS to be cut; but I am much more in favor of cutting welfare to corporations and shareholders rather than begrudging child care assistance to a working family.

Henry Ford is at the top of the list of historical capitalists I admire. He got rich, very rich, but in a way that expanded the economy by providing affordable goods and creating wealth by increasing wages. Ford just took a little less than what today’s capitalists feel they’re entitled.


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