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North Carolina had a surplus last year and decided to give the money back to counties for child care. Each county was given a different number, and they were subsequently able to bring children off the wait list to go to day care.

Gaston County got $855,000 and was able to add 600 children to their rosters. The parents and child care facilities were told that the vouchers would only last thru May, and that has proven to be the case. As of May 31st, the half of the children enrolled at these day care facilities must pay on their own or go back to the top of the list. An almost identical situation is the case in Charlotte.

"Children need to be prepared for kindergarten. They need to have the socialization, the academic experience," says First Ward Owner Eleanor Toliver.

"They're not gonna get that siting at home. Many parents just can't afford child care."

Child care costs around $600 at the very minimum, for one child.

Under this voucher system, the county will assist with costs and the parent will pay 8, 9 or 10% of their income. The county typically gets $6 million per year, allowing them to help 2,000 children

They were able to help an additional 600 children attend day care. The 300 that can no longer be helped will be placed at the top of the wait list until they can be admitted back into school.

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