Child care report released

LAWRENCEVILLE - A report released by the National Women's Law Center shows states continue to underfund programs that help low-income families pay for child care. The problem is likely to get worse because new welfare work requirements imposed by Congress early this year increase the need for child care assistance, the report said.

NWLC's 50-state analysis, "State Child Care Assistance Policies 2006: Gaps Remain, With New Challenges," compares child care assistance policies in 2006 to 2005 as well as in 2006 to 2001 in four policy areas: reimbursement rates for providers, income eligibility, waiting lists for assistance and co-payment requirements.

The report said states are particularly remiss in compensating providers that serve low-income children. The number of states that adequately reimburse child care providers dropped from 22 in 2001 to 13 in 2005 to nine in 2006.

Some states made small steps forward during the past year. But in most cases, states are behind where they were in 2001.

In 2006, 18 states had waiting lists or had frozen intake for child care assistance, a slight improvement over 2005 and 2001. Studies of low-income families on waiting lists for child care assistance show that families use care that is less than satisfactory or unstable, face tremendous financial pressures, are unable to work or are forced to turn to welfare.

Area residents named scholars

ATLANTA - Lawrenceville resident Robyn Davenport and Suwanee resident Kristin Punch were named Piedmont Nursing Scholars last month at a ceremony hosted by Mercer University and Piedmont Healthcare.

The Piedmont Nursing Scholars Program is the first initiative of the Center for Health and Learning, a partnership between Mercer and Piedmont.

Designed to address the shortage of nurses in Georgia, the Piedmont Nursing Scholars program is helping to recruit, educate and ultimately place more nurses at Piedmont and in the community.

Scholars will work with the college and Piedmont Healthcare on defining good practices, reporting what a good clinical experience involves and identifying what is important to future graduates when considering a work commitment to a health care facility. They will also be asked to serve as ambassadors for fellow students who may be considering applying for the Piedmont Nursing Scholars Program. Students will receive financial assistance for their participation in the program.

Sporting clays tournament set

WINDER - The Barrow County Builders Association will host the inaugural fall sporting clays tournament.

The tournament will be held Oct. 26 at Brush Creek Farm.

For more information, call Amy Hurst at 770-867-2607.

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