Help Stop the Deavastating Budget Cuts to Child Care: Learn More at CCR&R’s Great Big Town Meeting

March 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm

CCR&R invites you to attend one of 6 town meetings to be held on April 2, 2012 to learn more about the proposed cuts to child care and how they will affect you and your community. Most importantly, find out ways you can help stop them. The meetings will be held from 6pm -7pm  and include a light dinner( pizza and drinks at most sites). RSVP required to receive your meal tickets. Call 1-800-548-5563   Locations include:

Elmwood Housing Building- Cairo

Pruitt Building- Harrisburg

Kiwanis Hall- Benton

Marion Youth Center- Marion

First Presbyterian Child Develpment Center- Carbondale

Anna Baptist Church- Anna

The Fy 13 state budget proposal includes a mix of increases and decreases in funding for early learning and child care.  Most notably, the Governor proposed massive cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) that will have an enormous impact on working families and their children. 

Preliminary Analysis of Governor’s Budget Proposal

Governor Quinn delivered his fiscal year 2013 budget address and framed his proposal as a plan for budget stability through major reductions and efficiencies.  He highlighted the need to restore fiscal stability, ensure job growth and promote strong education for children, including early childhood education.

Counter to what the research shows, the Governor’s budget calls for massive cuts to CCAP, one of the state’s most critical programs for promoting economic stability, job growth and essential early childhood experiences.  The Governor’s budget proposes the following changes:

  • Increases parent co-payments;
  • Decreases income eligibility guidelines;
  • Eliminates the parity-rate increase for child care centers;
  • Implements upfront registration for providers before they serve children;
  • Cuts quality investments. 

While the budget lines shows a $16.6 million cut in child care state funds, the proposed changes actually represent a programmatic cut of over $85 million to the CCAP in order for the Department to meet increasing costs and other obligations.

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