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Illnois Child Care Assistance Program Cut Due To Low Funding

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For nearly 20 years parents have been depended upon child care initiatives to help pay for day care expenses. Unfortunately, hundreds of Illinois parents will have to find other ways to pay for child care services or risk losing their job.

According to WQAD 8 TV, the Illinois child care assistance program will be cut due to low funding.

On January 21 News Eight issued a statement saying since Governor Quinn signed a budget that did not provide sufficient funding for the 2015 Fiscal Year which caused the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to be in $296 million debt. 

The Illinois Department of Human Services reports that close to 180,000 children receive child care assistance. Now, the 32,000 day care providers will no longer receive money from the State of Illinois. 

One of the providers named Amanda Hofmann who has run a day care in her home for 15 years said 90 percent of her day care was paid for through the child care assistance program, according to WGAM.com reports.

She said every month she sends in a certificate stating the days she took care of the children and she was paid as the end of each month by the state.However, due to a five month delay in payments, Hofmann did not receive the $4,000 check she anticipated. Although the mother of four says she can make do for a few months she also wonders how she will pay her bills thereafter.

In Quincy, Illinois at Caywood Youth Center workers say 5.2 percent of their children are a part of CCAP. Assistant Director Minnie Sue Reische said parents pay between $2 a month to $400 depending on the child's age. Full price ranges from $68 a week to $141 a week.

Reische added that if there is no funding it could cause parents to remove their children from day care. She said they would become latchkey children or parents will be forced to quit their jobs if they cannot find an alternative.

Kim Alcorn, a mother of two who works at the day care center her children attend said she pays $58 a month in child care costs. If the program is cut her monthly costs will be almost $1,000 a month, making it hard to pay rent and utility bills.

A single mother named Kimberly Ballard said she does not know what she is going to do if the state closes CCAP.

While there's no word on what Governor Rauner and the state lawmakers will do to fix the problem. local advocacy groups requested the state pass an emergency supplemental funding bill to help save the CCAP.

Amy Emerson of Child Care Resource and Referral suggested the governor and lawmakers take the children into consideration.

I'm not sure you need any of the rest of the article. It's all obvious.

The Child Care Assistance Program was established to help parents with affordable day care expenses. By cutting the program will not only affect the families but the child care providers as well. They will lose money and could possibly be forced to close their businesses.

Parents will also have to find other ways to pay full price or quit their jobs because they can't afford to pay their rent, utilities and day care costs.

Day care providers said they will try to work with families to help continue their child care services.
Tamara M. Anderson
@mstekeyla


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