The Westchester Department of Social Services has moved for the second time this year to increase the cost to parents of subsidized day care.
The county has published a public notice requesting comments on a plan to increase the parent share from 20 percent of income above the poverty line to 35 percent as of Nov. 1. At the same time, the day care subsidy programs are all being frozen as of 5 p.m. Tuesday because of lack of funding, according to the notice. The freeze does not apply to guaranteed programs such as those for families receiving Temporary Assistance.
The first effort to raise the parent share to 35 percent was postponed when the Board of Legislators sued and was granted a stay to the increase. But the lawsuit was dismissed in August, clearing the way for the increase to take effect. The board has appealed.
DSS officials have said the increase is necessary because child care programs were underfunded. Democratic legislators have disputed the numbers.
The deadline for comments is 10 a.m. on Oct. 22. They can be sent to Katherine Waluschka, Associate Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Social Services, 112 East Post Road, Room 523, White plains, NY 10601.