November 09, 2015
Working families who rely on the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to help support and improve the quality of life for their families are well-served by the compromise reached between Governor Rauner and legislative leaders. The agreement announced Monday to partially restore CCAP eligibility guidelines will open the program back up to thousands of families who have been turned away since the school year began. As one of Chicago’s largest nonprofit providers of Head Start, part of an extensive program of quality child care and early learning across the region, the YMCA of Metro Chicago fully supports this compromise.
However, the job is far from done. We urge a bipartisan ‘yes’ vote on SB 570 to fully protect CCAP and the children served, as well as the benefits these working families bring to the state’s economy.
There is still more work to be done.
Further, there is still a critical need for an immediate budget resolution to ease the burden on providers of critical services for seniors, families and disabled residents across our state. Solving just one of the many crises created by the political impasse falls far short of the comprehensive budget our state residents deserve. But, seeing the CCAP resolution achieved without the interference of unrelated policy issues gives us hope that state leadership can now move forward to cooperatively complete the budget process.
Bottom line: there is no substitute for a full, adequately-funded budget to maintain these safety net services and get our state economy moving again.