States boost child care money as congressional effort stalls

  • Mary Corigliano reads to her universal prekindergarten class at Conkling Elementary, Feb. 23, 2015, in Utica, N.Y. Some states have moved ahead with plans of their own to boost child care subsidies after a national effort by Democrats in Washington stalled. New York lawmakers passed a state budget in the spring that calls for it to spend $7 billion making child care more affordable over the next four years. (AP Photo/ Observer-Dispatch, Mark DiOrio, file)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Difficulties in finding affordable child care cost Enoshja Ruffin her job three years ago. The mother of six was let go from her position as a counselor for kids with cerebral palsy after she missed three shifts because she had trouble finding babysitters.