Budget delay causing Bpt. daycare woes

Parents of more than 170 children as well as 200 staff members involved in the state subsidized childcare program at Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport may be without jobs and health care services if the state doesn't sign a budget soon.Pearl Young, CEO of HNH, says the program has been operating without state funds for two months and have already exhausted more than $500,000 in reserve funds. And now they don't have anymore to keep the program afloat; a problem she says is common among non-profit organizations.Out of 30 programs offered at HNH, the daycare is the only program that is going to be affected. Staff members say they are planning to reopen on September 3 but if a budget is not signed by then, they will be forced to keep it closed.

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