Editor's Note: The Los Angeles Times published an editorial earlier this week outlining how cuts for 60,000 child care spots wasn't going to save the State of California any money. On the one hand, the cut doesn't add to the state budget reserve. On the other, many of the affected families won't be able to either pay for child care or keep their jobs, so they'll just have to ask the state for public assistance again.
This is the story of one of the affected families. Mrs. Yniguez' child care provider has already been told that she's unlikely to get paid by the state for October child care, a month earlier than the expected cutoff. The Yniguez family is paying the $200 per week they can afford, for now, and they will owe their provider another $760 per week for every week that she doesn't get paid, until Mrs. Yniguez is forced to give up her job.
My name is Ilene Yniguez and I have seven children from the ages of five months to eleven years old. My husband and I work full time to support our family, but we need help. We are constantly struggling and live from paycheck to paycheck. I was on the stage 3 child care program that was eliminated for working parents.
If I don't get help with child care I am going to be forced to quit my job. Even with a discount from our daycare provider, I have to pay $960 per week for our seven children. I only bring home $791 every two weeks.
It's not worth me working, but if I quit my job, I will not be able to pay my rent or bills. I'm in a lose-lose situation because no matter what I try to do, I will not be capable of supporting my family with our income cut in half.
I have been going in circles as to what to do to get child care. On Thursday I went to apply for welfare but because both my husband and I work full time we do not make the intake qualification of working under 100 hours per month. Even if I wasn't working we would make $200 over the intake limit as well. Our monthly bring home is only $4,230 for a family of nine.
As of October 1st, we are being charged for child care until the end of the month when the program is officially over. I have to pay back $4,032 which I obviously do not have. Plus, I'm most likely going to be forced to quit my job because I can't afford to pay for child care anymore.
What do you expect honest working families to do if they are forced to quit their jobs? Was the purpose of eliminating this program to send everyone back to the welfare line? You are punishing the families who worked hard to stay off welfare and who have been making an honest living by taking away this program. What do you propose now that all these parents will be out of a job because you took away their child care?