"We're trying what we think is a low-key approach," Hale said. "We kept hearing these rumors for a couple weeks ... I don't know what we'll do if they make the cuts but we'll make a lot of noise, that's for sure."
Jeanette Barker, president of West Virginia Childcare Centers United, said she's also heard about the cuts, but hasn't been able to get the information confirmed.
"I haven't been able to get it confirmed," Barker said.
Barker has heard that child-care subsidy rates would go from a monthly contract to a daily rate.
Currently, if a parent has a contract with a day-care facility and the child is absent a day, the facility still gets paid. If the rumored cuts were made, the facility would only get payments for the days the child goes to the center, Barker said.
"[That will] cause a lot of centers to close because they still have to pay their staff," she said.
Barker said she has a meeting with Tomblin's office Friday and with Lewis next month to discuss the rumored cuts.
Barker estimates that the cuts would mean a 40 percent loss of income to child-care facilities and affect thousands of families. And that's only the beginning, she said.
"If [families] can't work, they have to go back on the system for full benefits -- which is more costly than just helping them with child care," she said.
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