Childcare

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As Illinois continues to re-open, one challenge facing many families is childcare.

Lori Longueville, director of Child Care Resource and Referral at John A. Logan College, said there has been an increase in families looking for childcare, as their traditional options, like summer camps, have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

It’s a problem that continues to grow, she said, as people who have been furloughed or working remotely return to their offices.

Advocates for children are pushing for expansion of a child care program for lower income families that was cut by former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration. 

The Child Care Assistance Program was cut severely in 2015 so that 90 percent of the participants lost services. The eligibility limits have increased since then.

Legislation under consideration would further increase the number eligible families by making the income limit higher.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has agreed to pay raises and money owed to the state’s more than 40,000 child care workers and home aides.  

PUKA School in Carbondale May Close

Mar 6, 2018

Financial woes have one childcare center in Carbondale considering closing its doors.

Since 1975, the PUKA school has provided childcare for families of southern Illinois.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed measures that would increase wages for workers who care for those with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families.

The Republican governor said there isn't enough money to support the proposals.

Thousands of low-income families would once again be able to get state help paying for child care ... under a compromise deal introduced Monday by Governor Bruce Rauner.

Low-income, working parents are fighting to once again get help from the state for childcare.

Childcare providers in southern Illinois say their futures are in doubt thanks to the ongoing budget impasse.

Bruce Rauner
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Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says lawmakers' plan to restore cuts to child care services shows Democrats' resolve to "claw their way to a massive tax hike.''

Providers all over Illinois say dramatic changes to the formula used to calculate subsidies are making it hard for families to pay for childcare.

SEIU Cuts
SEIU

A union that represents many childcare providers across Illinois says Governor Rauner has reversed course, after initially refusing to pay 28,000 of them for work performed in July.

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