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POLICY BRIEF: Loss of Child Care Due to 2015 Cuts Limits Parents Pursuit of Education and Training

2/16/17

Campaign to Restore Child Care Eligibility Almost 2 years after devastating cuts were enacted to the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), thousands of families remain ineligible for child care. Despite restored eligibility for all but two populations five months later,…

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Illinois Action for Children Statement on Governor Rauner’s State Budget Address

2/16/17

We were encouraged by several developments in today’s FY18 state budget address, most notably the Governor’s apparent commitment to return Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) income-eligibility to 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Read more…

Statement from Illinois Action for Children on Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address – 1.25.17

1/30/17

After more than 18 months without a state budget, it was heartening to hear the Governor speak today in support of the budget compromise being worked on in the Senate. However, any rhetoric on this front needs to be matched…

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Sylvia Cotton Policy Center for Innovation Panel Discussion

7/22/16

Local and national policy experts address the challenges working families face in a keynote and panel discussion convened by Illinois Action for Children to launch the Sylvia Cotton Policy Center for Innovation. This program was streamed and recorded by Chicago…

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Action Alerts

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6/23/16

New Policy Brief on Families With Nonstandard Work Schedules

6/22/16

Chicago – Illinois Action for Children just released a new Policy Brief: Child Care Needs of Families with Nonstandard and Unstable Schedules. The brief spotlights the child care needs of low-income families with nonstandard and unstable work schedules. Working evening,…

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6/22/16

State Budget Impasse Update

6/2/16

 

Statement from Illinois Action for Children & the Ounce of Prevention Fund On the End of the Legislative Session

We are 11 months – eleven months – into this fiscal year and Illinois is no closer to having a FY16 budget…

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Statement from Early Childhood Advocates On Continued State Budget Impasse

6/2/16

We are 11 months – eleven months – into this fiscal year and Illinois is no closer to having a FY16 budget than it was on July 1, 2015. Furthermore, we are one month from the deadline for an FY17…

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End of Session & Budget Update

5/31/16

 

End of Session & Budget Update

Today is the final day of the regularly scheduled session for the Illinois General Assembly. Despite the fact that budget working groups, comprised of legislators from both the House and the Senate, have been meeting…

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