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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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  • Jennifer

    You have serious issues. All caps means your yelling basically right? Over taxes? They would take the same amount of taxes away from you anyway, trust me. And in this day and age, most people will end up needing help at some point in there life. I wonder if there will be any help for you when you need it one day. I just don’t get people like you, your going to give yourself a heart attack over someone getting assistance? The real problem is how daycare and most basic needs cost so much yet the majority of people have to work for barely any wages. Daycare costs more than people are getting paid. They can’t help that and working more won’t solve anything when you make $7-$8 an hour while daycare will cost you closer to $10 an hour. I hope one day you can channel all that energy/anger to a more worthy cause….

  • Melissa

    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.

  • Guest123456

    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???????

  • Guest123456

    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

    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.

  • Guestarticulatore

    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.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    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.

  • Grand Ole Party

    You sure can judge someone for their decisions when it comes to having kids, if you can’t afford to raise them right you have no business having them.

  • Guest58695

    I can not afford many of the things I need BECAUSE I HAVE TO PAY TAXES FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN NOT GET OFF THEY BEHINDS AND FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MAKE IT ON WHAT THEY EARN. I had to do that when my kids were young and still having to do it because of LAZY LAZY PEOPLE. I need so many things that I can not afford and there are lots and lots of things I just want that I can not have. So what do I do? I do without things I need and don’t even think about the things I want. SUPPORT YOURSELF AND STOP TAKING MY TAX DOLLARS, I AM GOING POOR GIVING YOU THINGS I CAN NOT EVEN AFFORD AND THE SAD THING IS IT IS THINGS I NEED NOT WANT.

  • Guestarticulatore

    This article provides a more complete view of the concentration of wealth than the isolated presentation of the 2009 statistics:


    According to the Congressional Budget Office, between 1979 and 2007 incomes of the top 1% of Americans grew by an average of 275%. During the same time period, the 60% of Americans in the middle of the income scale saw their income rise by 40%. Since 1979 the average pre-tax income for the bottom 90% of households has decreased by $900, while that of the top 1% increased by over $700,000, as federal taxation became less progressive. From 1992-2007 the top 400 income earners in the U.S. saw their income increase 392% and their average tax rate reduced by 37%.[15] In 2009, the average income of the top 1% was $960,000 with a minimum income of $343,927.[16][17][18]

    In 2007 the richest 1% of the American population owned 34.6% of the country’s total wealth, and the next 19% owned 50.5%. Thus, the top 20% of Americans owned 85% of the country’s wealth and the bottom 80% of the population owned 15%. Financial inequality was greater than inequality in total wealth, with the top 1% of the population owning 42.7%, the next 19% of Americans owning 50.3%, and the bottom 80% owning 7%.[19] However, after the Great Recession which started in 2007, the share of total wealth owned by the top 1% of the population grew from 34.6% to 37.1%, and that owned by the top 20% of Americans grew from 85% to 87.7%. The Great Recession also caused a drop of 36.1% in median household wealth but a drop of only 11.1% for the top 1%, further widening the gap between the 1% and the 99%.[19][20][21]

    During the economic expansion between 2002 and 2007, the income of the top 1% grew 10 times faster than the income of the bottom 90%. In this period 66% of total income gains went to the 1%, who in 2007 had a larger share of total income than at any time since 1928.

  • Common$$$cents

    You can not judge someone for their decisions when it comes to having kids. it is a sad day for humanity when we allow money to dictate life. You sound as if your liberty is attached to how much money you make. I feel for you.

  • Guest2020

    The daycare gave this woman notice and she has seventeen days to make other arrangements. It doesn’t take that long to find a suitable daycare/sitter. I don’t know which daycare costs more than three hundred a week, but I never paid nearly that much.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Straight from the IRS, for tax year 2009:

    The top 1% of earners pay 40.4% of all federal income tax.

    The top 10% of earners pay 71.2% of all federal income tax.

    The wealthy are getting soaked and providing far more to support these societal leeches that you can even dream of.

    Your enemy isn’t the people who are successful or those who want to see them treated more fairly. Your enemies are the entitlement mentality of the Democrats and the people they bribe in return for their votes.

    “I have never understood why it is greed to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.” – Thomas Sowell

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    You’d likely receive a few thousand.

  • Child care costs are so out of hand. A co-worker pays $1200.00 per month for two children…and has to pay this regardless of whether or not her children are even there “to hold their space”. If the provider is closed for a holiday she pays. If her child is out sick she pays. If they close for bad weather she pays. There are no breaks. And she can’t possibly be bringing home much afterwards. But she does it. She does it because if it means an extra $50.00 a month to feed her family it is worth it. She does it to kept herself in the workforce so when the kids are both in school she has a work history and growth. She does it because in the long run her family is better for it. Now THAT is making a tough decision! Not just deciding against having children so you can live free of the obligation. These days are tougher for young families than they have ever been. If my taxes are going up…and they will…for people to watch baseball… I would much rather help people trying to make a living by offsetting some of the exorbitant costs of doing so.

  • Guesty1

    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??

  • Regular Folk

    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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