At Risk: the Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) Program
Many of us use daycare outside the home for our children. Some of us need assistance to be able to afford that care. The Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) program helps low-income families pay for daycare so that they can continue to work.
ERDC helps approximately 20,000 Oregon families every year pay for child care for approximately 35,000 children each year.
(Here's a great policy paper (*pdf) with some stories about mamas & papas who need this program.)
Our state is facing a $3.5 billion shortfall, and legislators have to choose where funding cuts will be made. This program has already been cut; participation is limited to 10,000 families. The program could be cut even further or - even worse! - cut completely. Families rely on this assistance. Without help to pay for daycare, some of us working mamas and papas may no longer be able to afford daycare. Cutting the program will mean lost jobs for those who work at these daycares.
To let legislators know just how important this program is for the state, there is a rally planned for Wednesday, 12 noon, outside the Capitol Steps. Details here. Consider joining in or even sending in a letter of support would help.