Florida's subsidized child care programs for the working poor have 68,000 kids on their waiting lists. And as the state tries to help, it has only muddied the waters.
In late June, just before the new budget year, Florida's 31 early learning coalitions got the news: changes in their funding. One of the biggest losers was the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, which lost $3.7 million, starting six days later. 1,000 kids lost their child care. The Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend lost $600,000. Executive director Lauren Faison saved the kids' places but had to cut support for the providers.