By Casey Nolen
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It's day three of the government shut down and now we are learning the political stalemate could affect kids in daycare.
These are very uncertain times for daycares that depend on government funds to help take care of kids of lower income families, specifically when it comes to nutrition.
The Cornerstone Center for Early Learning in St. Louis serves working families and families with parents who have gone back to school. About 50 percent of the center's $2 million budget comes from government sources, and they have been told their USDA funds could be in jeopardy. That's up to $11,000 a month they use to provide baby formula, baby food and other meals for kids.
The director says what makes the problem worse, is that some of his families also depend on the WIC program for food, and it, too, is in jeopardy.
"If they're not able to get that at home and if for some reason they're not able to get that at Cornerstone or some other child care facility you can imagine the problem that can result for a family," said Jerry Ehrlich.
The director says even before the shutdown he was trying to find a way to rely less on government funds and now this situation makes that goal even more urgent.