Resolution to Protect Child Care Funding

May 8, 2012 | Chicago, IL

 Chicago, IL – The Chicago City Council will hear a resolution on Wednesday to protect child care funding before it is too late for the 28,000 working families and nearly 49,000 children ages birth to 13 in Chicago who rely on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). 

Aldermen Walter Burnett (Sponsor, 27th Ward), Proco Joe Moreno (Co-Sponsor, 1st Ward), and Rey Colon (Co-Sponsor, 35th Ward) will present the Resolution to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to “support adequate state funding of the Child Care Assistance Program for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2012 and for the coming Fiscal Year 2013 to ensure low-income families have access to high-quality child care, supports for parental employment or education, and healthy child development services.”

Children and families are facing a crisis today. In order for the State to fund child care through June 30th, 2012, IDHS needs a $73 million Supplemental Appropriation. Without this supplemental appropriation, the child care infrastructure will collapse, low-wage working families with young children will suffer, and TANF recipients will not have access to the child care they need to move from welfare to work. 

Additionally, Governor Quinn’s proposed FY 2013 budget includes $85 million in programmatic cuts to CCAP.  If these cuts are implemented, families will not be able to pay for child care – children’s opportunities for early learning programs and parents’ ability to work will be severely limited.

Illinois Action for Children, Erie Neighborhood House, and The Chicago Coalition for Site-Administered Child Care Programs support this Resolution as we call on the Illinois legislature to pass House Bill 6164 to immediately restore FY 12 child care funding and reject devastating cuts to child care in FY13.

  • WHO:
    • Early Care and Education Advocates (Illinois Action for Children, Erie Neighborhood House, and The Chicago Coalition for Site-Administered Child Care Programs)
    • Aldermen Walter Burnett (Sponsor, 27th Ward), Proco Joe Moreno (Co-Sponsor, 1st Ward), and Rey Colon (Co-Sponsor, 35th Ward);
    • Mayor Rahm Emanuel;
    • Chicago City Council
  • WHAT: Resolution to Protect Child Care Funding
  • WHEN: Wednesday May 9th, 10 a.m.
  • WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall of Chicago, 121 North La Salle Street, #107, Chicago, IL

 

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