Youth advocates say it will not be a happy new year for numerous children in Kentucky due to child care budget cuts.
However, the cuts don't only affect kids and their families. There's also the impact on local business.
Big Blue Bird Early Childhood Center in Lexington says they saw an increase in the number of children in their care as their parents returned to work after the recession.
In April, though, the state started rejecting a majority of applications for child care assistance.
In July, the income level to qualify for assistance was lowered by a third.
After these new standards were put into effect, Big Blue Bird has lost more than 40 of its 220 kids, with more being lost each month.
Big Blue Bird's Daniel Lowe is afraid of the impact this could have on kids, mainly that it could set them far behind in school.
He hopes the state government will bring back funding to the program in the upcoming legislative session.