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Mayor's Budget Spares Child Care, Sets Up Cuts For After-School Programs

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While the mayor's office saved child care subsidies for 16,000 young children by adding money and shuffling around priorities, thousands of school age kids could still get cut from an after-school program. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Parent Pascuala Cintron spent months stressing about her three year old daughter, Mylee, and whether the loss of her city subsidized child care would force her to stay home to care for her kids and lose her job and benefits.

"I got a letter like three months ago stating that the child care was going to be cut off," said Cintron. "What was I going to do with both my kids?"

On Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his commissioners delivered relief for all 16,000 children slated for slashing from child care subsidies next year.

"We still are no longer able to pay for that many vouchers, but we are guaranteeing access to child care for the families who are receiving it up until now," said Administration for Children's Services Commissioner John B. Mattingly.

The city put in an extra $40 million and will transfer many of the children about to be cut to city run programs. But the shuffle doesn't make up for all federal and state losses.

"A lot of those are programs that are mandated by the state and the state's cut the money. And so if you have to do those that are still mandated you have no choice but to move money over," Bloomberg said.

Cintron says the move helps her daughter Mylee , ut not her 7-year-old sister.

"I was like wow what a relief I'm happy but when I got the other news I'm back to square one," Cintron said.

Under the budget, 15,000 school age children may lose after-school care and cultural programs.

Advocates say they will now turn to the City Council for help.

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