EDEN -- Trinity Wesleyan Presbyterian Church's child care center is beginning to feel the impacts of the government shutdown and their pastor is doing the best he can to protect the children and their families.
Pastor Wayne Johnson says at a meeting called by the Rockingham County Department of Social Services, he found out terrible news.
He says child care providers were informed that the county will be forced to cut off child care assistance to most DSS families effective Friday, October 18.
At the meeting he was told about 700 children and their families will be affected in the county. At the church's education center, at least 40 children will be affected as well.
According to Johnson, the church will remain working closely with parents to provide child care after the cut-off date for as long as they can. Many of the children come from single-parent families where they depend on one parent's income.
Johnson also says some of the children's parents are working towards finishing their degrees as well and may have to put their plans on hold to make sure their children are being looked after.
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