The state’s budget crisis is now hitting the bottom lines of some working parents and their child care providers. The state has delayed payments from the Child Care Assistance Program, potentially impacting 35,000 home day care providers and the parents they serve.
Keith Kelleher, president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, says the state has other options, such as closing corporate loopholes and transferring money from other state funds that have surpluses. He says the delays and cuts will lead to parents having to quit their jobs because they will no longer be able to afford daycare.
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The governor also wants to cut $85 million from the state's child care program in the fiscal year that begins in July. Springfield daycare provider Pamela Franks says her business is entirely dependent on the state subsidy. Franks predicts she will be forced to close her business if the cuts are approved.