Asheboro, NC - Randolph County's Department of Social Services spent more money than it had, and now 600 children are about to be in trouble.
Here's the bottom line: Randolph County shelled out too much money for childcare subsidies and now can't afford to keep paying those subsidies through the end of the school year.
In addition to 600 children losing funding, as many as 25 to 30 child care workers could lose their jobs.
It will stay like this until the next budget cycle in July of next year. Wednesday afternoon, Randolph County childcare workers gathered to meet with the department of social services to brainstorm ways to lessen the cuts. However, the county said the only real option day care centers have is to do a 41 percent across-the-board cut.
"I think that's impossible to do. Yes, it would save the children. But, then, that's us being responsible for the problem and the responsibility shouldn't fall completely on us. The responsibility should go back on those who were responsible for this budget," Child Care Center Owner Melissa Brown said.
The Assistant Director of Randolph County's Department of Social Services said, "The Randolph County Department of Social Services does care, but we also work legally within the guidelines of policies set forth by the state. We're going to create more tools to use to level out this ride...Our goal is to serve as many kids as we can with what money we have available and try to do that in a more level manner in the future."
Day care workers are not giving up. But, at this point, the county is offering little or no hope.
Parents still haven't been notified yet. Letters start going out November first -- giving the parents 30 days notice. The agency is only required to give ten days notice.
"How do you put the pieces back together when you have 600 children in Randolph County without care," Brown said.