Childcare advocates warn of expiring federal funds

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By: Capitol News Service
February 6, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – About 200 childcare advocates wrapped up a two-day event at the State Capitol Tuesday morning.

The Rally in Tally is hosted by the Florida Coalition for Children.

It brings foster families and children together with care providers for training and the opportunity to speak to lawmakers about key issues facing the child welfare system in the state.

Executive Director of the Coalition Kurt Kelly says the biggest priority this year is getting lawmakers to extend a federal waiver that has helped fund millions of dollars in services.

"It could be a huge hole in the budget, anywhere between $25 and $100 million. So, that means the citizens of Florida have to either pick that up or there are many services we would not be able to provide and that's unacceptable,” said Kelly.

The waiver is set to expire in October.

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