config

Hutchinson advances plan to restore child care eligibility

hutchinson 031517Nearly two years ago, Governor Rauner made drastic cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), eliminating safe and affordable child care for tens of thousands of working Illinoisans. While some of those cuts were later reversed, families with parents enrolled in education or training programs remain ineligible.

State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) passed Senate Bill 1705 out of the Senate Human Services Committee recently that would restore child care eligibility for these families.

“Every child requires someplace safe to be so their parents can be full and active participants in our economy,” Hutchinson said. “It makes no sense for us on one hand to advocate for training and educational opportunities, which will have long-term financial benefits for families, while taking away any helping hand that would support that parent in achieving their goal.” 

Before Governor Rauner’s cuts, nearly 4,000 children whose parents were enrolled in school or a training program received child care services. Illinois Action for Children estimates more than 30,000 fewer children in total are receiving child care today than in June 2015.

"Research shows that parents who have access to affordable child care services are more likely to complete training and college programs, leading to higher incomes for their families and a lower reliance on programs such as CCAP," said Samir Tanna with Illinois Action for Children.

Senate Bill 1705 passed the Senate Human Services Committee last week and now heads to the Senate floor for further debate.

COVID19 Resources
Find Your Legislator
Monthly Minute

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

News Releases

IMAGE Holmes supports expansion of domestic violence and sexual assault services
Friday, 03 April 2020
Aurora, Ill. – Most of us are staying home to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, but for many survivors of sexual assault and domestic...

Read More...
IMAGE Lightford supports expanded services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors
Friday, 03 April 2020
CHICAGO – Protecting vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) joins the...

Read More...
IMAGE Villanueva: Increased funds for social services are needed during COVID-19 crisis
Tuesday, 31 March 2020
CHICAGO – State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) praised the governor’s moves to increase funding for food, homeless and childcare programs...

Read More...
IMAGE Stadelman encourages out-of-state health care professionals to work in Illinois
Monday, 30 March 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic ROCKFORD – With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing daily, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford)...

Read More...
IMAGE Bush asks out-of-state health care professionals to come to Illinois
Friday, 27 March 2020
GRAYSLAKE – Due to the skyrocketing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Illinois and more anticipated cases on the horizon, State Senator Melinda...

Read More...
Senate Schedule
General Assembly Bills & Resolutions
The Great Pension Debate
Find local warming centers