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Suffolk County Expands Child Care Subsidies

Brianne Ledda
Alicia Marks, owner of child care center Marks of Excellence, speaks at a press conference Thursday on Suffolk County's child care subsidy expansion plan.

Hundreds more families can now qualify for help with child care on Long Island.

Suffolk County expanded access to its Child Care Subsidy Program this week to provide low-cost or free child care. 

County Executive Steve Bellone says a change in the income eligibility means access for 750 more children. 

“For families who are struggling to make ends meet, who are struggling to get by, the biggest obstacle for them oftentimes is access to quality child care.” 

Bellone says parents can go to work if they don’t have to worry about child care. He says that could help kids and improve the local economy. 

The state will pay for the child care program through a block grant. 

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.