Child Care Funding Crisis
Many of you may remember that when the state passed the budget for the current fiscal year there were not sufficient funds in the budget to cover child care costs for the entire year. At that time the projected budget shortfall was 190 million dollars and it was projected that funds would only last until the end of April.
During the last months, the budget short fall has grown to 300 million dollars due to increased caseloads and other cost increases. Unless the legislature approves additional funding there will most likely be payment delays as early as February. Entering your certificates will be a priority for us and we strongly encourage you to submit your certificates promptly at the beginning of each month.
There has been some coverage in the media and there are a lot of rumors and inaccurate information circulating. We ask that you contact us if you are concerned about something you hear. We are committed to providing accurate and factual information to you.
4-C staff will be attending the Illinois Action for Children Caucus later this month. We will also be meeting with elected officials to discuss the situation and the need for revenue to help bridge the funding gap. We will forward alerts to you from Illinois Action for Children as we receive them.
We encourage you to join a call with Illinois Action for Children to learn about the situation and what you can do to help. (See below for details)
Lastly, please check your emails for updates from us. Sometimes we may ask you to take action at short notice. We are in the midst of a very real crisis that will require our best advocacy efforts.
Important! Visit the Illinois Action for Children's Website for Action Alerts
4-C is a private not-for-profit social service agency that for more than 40 years has helped families and child care providers by offering resources and services that include Child Care Financial Assistance, Resource & Referral for Child Care, Parent and Provider Education, the Child Care Food Program as well as Nursing, Social Work, Mental Health, Quality and Infant/Toddler Specialists. The agency also advocates on behalf of children, families and Early Care and Education Providers.
The 4-C mission is to promote children’s well-being by advocating for quality, affordable child care. We support parents and those providing child care by offering information, education, resources and services.
The 4-C vision is that all children will be cared for in safe, nurturing, and healthy environments growing to become contributing members of their communities and capable of nurturing their own children.
4-C advocates for children by monitoring legislation which affects them. We inform community members and lawmakers about the needs of children and provide a strong voice to ensure that these needs are met. 4-C is a member of Illinois Action for Children, a statewide advocacy leader for children, families, and providers of child care. For additional information visit their website at www.actforchildren.org.
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4-C members support the activities of 4-C.
Child Care Providers who are members or who work for member programs, are entitled to attend most trainings without charge.
Membership is open to all providers living in the six counties served by 4-C: Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, and Whiteside.
Contact 4-C if you would like more information about becoming a 4-C member or
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