Proposed city budget could cut child care for thousands in BK

Thousands of children in Brooklyn may not have access to child care soon and residents say they need to find a solution.Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed

BROOKLYN - Thousands of children in Brooklyn may not have access to child care soon and residents say they need to find a solution.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget could cut access to child care for about 17,000 in the city, if passed. The cuts come mainly through a reduction of staff in the Administration for Children's Services department.

Officials say there are about 3,530 Brooklyn families who get subsidies from the city and would no longer be eligible to receive them if the cuts are approved.

Child care advocates say eliminating the option will lead to unemployment for parents who must stay home to take care of their children.

The City Council has until this summer to come up with $20 million for the subsidies.

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