A New Look at Child Care Payments

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A statewide association has been formed to
put more focus on the rates paid by a state agency for child care.

Child Care Providers Together is trying to raise the attention of the amount paid for poor Kansas children by the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services and the rates charged by providers.

Providers say the difference between what SRS pays and what they
charge can be several hundred dollars a month and that SRS rates
haven't increased in some six years. That has forced some providers
to close their doors or stop taking SRS children.

SRS officials say increasing the rates would take legislative approval, but the focus in previous years has been on making sure the maximum number of families would have access to child care.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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