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Funding Could Be Cut For Early Childhood Development

Reported: Feb. 27, 2014 6:29 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 27, 2014 6:47 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- A group of early childhood advocates met at the capital Thursday afternoon. They said losing $980,000 could turn into millions of dollars lost.

"We receive modest investments of state dollars. They in turn leverage public and private support, some federal dollars, some corporate support," said State Director for Child Abuse Prevention Jim McKay.

McKay estimates the budget cuts could wind up costing early childhood development more than 13 million dollars, and a large part of that could come from childhood advocacy centers.

"Kids are going to lose direct services. These are really the kids most at risk, the kids who need the most,” said Director for West Virginia Child Advocacy Network Emily Chittenden-Laird

Advocacy centers help kids who have been abused in any kind of way. Chittenden said helping those children now, will help them in the future.

"If we don't intervene positively for kids who need it now, they're going to pay for it down the road. They're going to grow up and have high risk factors,” Chittenden-Laird added.

The childhood development groups said it's been a tough couple of years for not only them, but families of the kids that need some help.

"We've had repeated cuts to these programs, and now families are suffering as a result," McKay added.



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