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Nixon seeks to expand child care subsidies

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon wants to expand subsidized child care to more than 2,800 children whose parents are gradually moving up the pay scale at work.

Nixon’s proposed budget includes a $6.3 million funding increase for what’s described as “transitional child care.” The money would allow low-income parents who get raises to continue receiving a reduced child care subsidy instead of losing the aid altogether.

Missouri currently provides a full child care subsidy to families earning up to 122 percent of the poverty level. It also provides a transitional benefit for those earning up to 133 percent of poverty, or about $25,000 annually for a family of three.

Nixon wants to extend a transitional child care subsidy up to 175 percent of poverty, or about $33,000 for a family of three.

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