State delays daycare payments again


POSTED: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 5:36pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 5:46pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA)--The state is late in paying tuition for students who rely on aid to go to pre-school.

Nearly 3,000 child care centers in Louisiana accept payment from the state for low-income families.  The money is usually deposited every Friday, but for the second time this month that money is late because of a holiday.

The Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services sent an e-mail to centers Friday telling them state aid will be delayed until next Wednesday.  Some owners say they can't pay the bills if they can't count on the money.

"When the state don't pay the rest, it's kinda hard for us to pay our payroll, and the lights, and everything else," says Debra Smith, owner of Denham Springs Christian Academy.

The state says the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holidays should not affect payments for the rest of the year.  Child care centers that receive government aid should see this week's payments by next Wednesday.

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This is a horrible situation that child care providers are being put in. I agree with Debra Smith about payments. We have to pay bills, and payroll to make. This is sad if we can;t count on the state then who. God help us all.

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