Child care funding cut causes ripples

Teacher Jessica Hall tends to her young flock Friday at the TenderCare Childrens Center in Lewiston. TenderCare is one of the many daycares in Idaho affected by a recent state budget cut of $38 million, which would have been allocated to child care providers and the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Child care providers like Lindsey Smalley are reeling from decisions by the Idaho Legislature to end federal grant funds earlier than expected.

Smalley owns TenderCare Children’s Center in Lewiston and has worked in the industry for 15 years. She purchased the care center seven years ago. It is part of the Idaho Child Care Program that serves children with disabilities and provides child care assistance for working families.