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Day care providers subsidies tied to attendance

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State subsidies for child care providers will now be tied to attendance.

State officials say the change could reduce fraud in the Wisconsin Shares program, which provides child care subsidies for the poor. The new policy shifts the state from a system in which licensed family day care providers are paid for the number of children enrolled to one in which providers get paid only for the children in attendance.

Child care advocates say the change amounts to a pay cut for family child care providers because they can't always ensure the children they care for will show up.

The Journal Sentinel says (http://bit.ly/n2VeYg ) day care providers serving nine or more children will not be affected by the change.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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APNP-08-24-11 0620CDT

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