Hutchinson advances plan to restore child care eligibilitySPRINGFIELD – Nearly 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 yesterday afternoon restoring 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 yesterday afternoon and now heads to the Senate floor for further debate.

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