Paying for child care is often a challenge for parents on a slim budget. State lawmakers are working to alleviate some of that stress by allowing parents to apply for year-long eligibility for child care services, regardless of changes in income or employment.
Rep. Litesa Wallace (D-Rockford) says the measure could help families still recovering from cuts made to the program in 2015.
“There’s been an overwhelming bipartisan effort over the last few years,” she said. “In the past, Illinois was one of the states that led the country and I think we’re on the trajectory to becoming that again.”
The state’s Child Care Assistance Program could receive over $82 million of federal funding if the plan becomes law.