More money is coming to the area to help open up more spots in child care programs, easing the pressure on parents who need to work.

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New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and the Family Enrichment Network have announced $20,000 in funding to add 60 more slots in certified child care in the area.

Without certification, a child care provider can only take care of two children.  With state certification, up to eight children can be enrolled in a program.

It’s estimated over 1,500 children could be placed in childcare, freeing their parents to pursue jobs.

Officials say a shortage of child care for working parents is one of the biggest problems facing the local workforce.