The Virginia State Board of Social Services agreed at its meeting last week in Richmond to ask Gov. Gerald L. Baliles to release $1.3 million to keep alive an endangered state day care subsidy program.
The program was funded by the General Assembly with $1.5 million, but it has proven so popular that the money ran out at the end of September, threatening 780 families statewide with the loss of day care funds and ultimately the loss of jobs.
The additional $1.3 million would run the program through the end of the fiscal year, still more than nine months away.
In Northern Virginia, Loudoun and Prince William county officials have been scrambling to provide local monies to make up at least some of the loss of state funding.
This month, the Loudoun County supervisors approved a $32,706 contribution to make up the program's shortfall through October. In Prince William, supervisors agreed last week to allow the county social services department to transfer $130,000 in unused funds to cover the day care program.
Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax have used the state funds to some degree, but officials in those jurisdictions say they have local monies to carry their caseloads.