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Report: Child care centers in state program shortchanged in reimbursements

Childcare graphic (properly sized)
Childcare graphic (properly sized)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new report says child care centers in the Wisconsin Shares program have been shortchanged in their state reimbursements -- but the state says that's no longer always the case. 

Centers get reimbursed from the state for providing child care for low income workers. 

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families says those reimbursements cover only 77 percent of the actual cost of caring for the youngsters -- and that includes co-payments from parents. The Council said reimbursement rates have been frozen for seven years, but state officials say their new budget lifted that freeze.

A spokesman for the state Department of Children and Families said certain providers in 18 counties have seen their reimbursement rates go up, since the new state budget took effect in July.