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Hutchinson’s Call to Action for Child Care Reform

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KANKAKEE – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) released the following statement before her tour of the YWCA Kankakee Child Care Center on Monday to bring attention to the lack of child care funding:

“Every month that goes by without a budget hurts working families and children in ways that are immeasurable. Investing in child care is the responsible thing to do no matter which way you look at it, no matter which political party you belong to. I have been fighting for months to get more children into classrooms as soon as possible and give providers the stability they desperately need to make it through this crisis. If Senate Bill 570 comes back to the Senate for a vote, I have agreed to hold it only as long as a the temporary rule is actually passed in the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules on Nov. 17,  giving thousands of providers and kids immediate relief.  It’s past time for us to work together in every way we can every time we can. Our children deserve nothing less.”

11.10.15 UPDATE:

While the Illinois House failed to come up with the votes to pass Senate Bill 570 on Tuesday, a compromise forged by Senate sponsor Toi Hutchinson will ensure thousands of Illinois children have access to child care. The agreement raises eligibility to 162 percent of the federal poverty level, or roughly $2,151 per month for a family of two.

The plan will mean immediate access to child care services once the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) takes action on November 17.