Changes to Child Care Assistance Program Slated to Begin July 1, 2015

June 28, 2015 at 1:10 pm

We have been getting many questions about the upcoming changes in the CCAP program-. On June 2nd, 2015, Governor Rauner announced these drastic  changes to the Child Care Assistance Program that threaten access for many low-income families. CCR&R staff have been instructed  to begin implementation as proposed, this Wednesday July 1st.  These changes will go into effect regardless of whether a budget agreement is reached or not in FY16.

The changes are:
1.Increase Parent Co-pays (increases range from $10-$58 for a family)- parent’s copays will be changed at time of rede

2.Freeze intake and move to a waiting list for all ages bringing caseload numbers down, There are four exceptions and applications from families that meet the following will still be approved.

Under Federal law, four priority populations must continue to have access to child care even if the state institutes a waiting list for the general population. Those priority categories are:
1.TANF recipients
2.Teen Parents
3.Children with special needs
4.Families at 50% of the Federal Poverty Level ($838/month for a family of 3; $1,011/month for a family of 4

3.Require background checks (fingerprinting)for relatives who care for children,

4.Link access to child care subsidies to claims filed by a parent for child support

We encourage families who don’t meet the above criteria to still submit an application to have their name placed on a waiting list so they will be notified if/ when additional funds become available and can apply again.

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