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HIGH POINT, N.C. – Low-income working families are getting help paying for day care, thanks to a collaboration between United Way of High Point’s Children’s Initiatives and the local department of social services.

When Developmental Day Care closed its doors last summer, the United Way agency left behind $116,000 in unused funds that had been intended for day care scholarships.

That money now is being used to provide scholarships for early childhood care or education for low-income families in which the parents are working or attending school.

The Guilford County Department of Social Services, which maintains the county’s waiting list for day-care assistance, agreed not to charge administrative fees on the funding.

Families that receive the funds may use them at any four-star or five-star rated facility in the greater High Point area.

The waiting list for day-care subsidies for High Point children up to age three was eliminated last month when United Way awarded a total of $36,500, which helped 89 children at 23 facilities.

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