Reporting from Sacramento — Tens of thousands of low-income parents won't have their state-subsidized child care eliminated Monday after an Alameda County Superior Court judge delayed the program's elimination by at least one week.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated funding for the program, which serves working parents who were once on welfare but whose jobs do not pay enough for them to afford child care, when he signed the state budget earlier this month. The move was projected to save $256 million, which the governor wanted used to build up the state's reserves.
But Judge Wynne Carvill halted the cut Friday, with a hearing set for next Thursday.
"Families who were going to find themselves without any options on Monday can now breathe a sigh of relief," said Melissa Rodgers, an attorney for the Child Care Law Center, which is among the groups that filed the lawsuit that Carvill ruled on.
They argued the cutback was illegal because the state should have automatically placed parents on other subsidized day-care programs, if they were eligible.