Ala. postpones child day-care cutbacks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state Department of Human Resources is postponing cuts for one month in its subsidized day-care program for low-income working families.

The department had been planning to cut about 3,000 children from the program on April 1, but the department announced Friday it was delaying that until May 1.

Department officials say a federal appropriation approved by Congress on Tuesday is allowing the postponement.

The department has been grappling with program cuts due to declining state funding.

The subsidized program helps pay the day-care costs for working parents who are below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

The department had been planning to cut that to 120 percent on April 1.

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