State’s Attorney’s Office seeks funds to provide employee daycare – WFTV

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The state has denied a request for funding that the Orange-Osceola state attorney says could have contributed to an employee shortage.

It was part of the record $3.1 billion the governor cut from the budget.

The cost of daycare for a child can cost a parent at least $1,000 a month, but the new daycare would have cost state attorney employees less than $300 a month.

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Now they’re hoping the county can help with the funding, and they also need something else from the county.

All Central Florida parents get it. State Attorney Monique Worrell, a mother, showed Channel 9 where her office had big plans outlined in a proposal to make room for an employee daycare center.

“We are in a job crisis. We struggle to hire and retain people because of the low salaries we are able to offer,” Worrell said. “Our staff members just got raises to $15 an hour, and for a graduating law student, I’m offering a salary of $53,000 a year.”

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Worrell worked with Sen. Randolph Bracy, who convinced lawmakers to allocate $380,000 from the state budget for the daycare, which would house 68 children, from infants to 4 years old.

But the funding was not included in the final budget signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, along with hundreds of other items he rejected statewide, some of which he described as a slush fund. for lawmakers trying to appease their local constituency.

Worrell sent the proposal to Orange County, which raised concerns about licensing, insurance, liability, and background, to which its staff responded. She also attached letters of support from four county commissioners who are equally concerned about the overall cost of childcare for all parents.

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In addition to funding, Worrell said the office also needs county approval for renovations to this space.

A county management spokesperson is reviewing the proposal, but at this point the project still has to go through the approval process.

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Richard F. Gandhi