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Mountain Daycares Struggle To Stay Open
Thousands of mountain families drop children at daycare every weekday morning, but some centers in the mountains say they are struggling to stay open.
The majority of children many daycares across Western North Carolina care for every day come from low income - but working - families. Daycare fees for those children are paid for via a government subsidy.
But in North Carolina, that per-child subsidy has not been increased since 2007.
In McDowell County, on average, daycares are paid approximately $17.60 per child. If that amount had been adjusted in the last six years for the cost of living, it would be at least a quarter more.
Subsidy money goes to pay for clothes, staffing and utilities - costs that daycare directors say have all increased.