2-13-12: Courtesy of WIVB. The cost of daycare is a struggle for many families. The newly-elected Erie County executive now says it’s time to restore some help. Monday, executive Mark Poloncarz announced the county will expand its subsidized day care program and up to 200 additional children could benefit. The plan would return the income eligibility rate to 200 percent of the federal poverty level up from the current 175 percent of poverty. “This is not a free give away; this is assistance. The parents still have to come up with the vast majority of the cost associated with it for the day care for their children. But that’s the little bit they need to continue to work and still insure at the end of the day they can pick up their children and know they’re in a safe environment,” said Poloncarz. Poloncarz says the county can utilize state and federal assistance to cover the cost through 2013 with no impact on Erie County’s bottom line. The new plan will kick in March 5th, but if you are interested apply right away because they are already accepting applications. www.wivb.com

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