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Action Alert - Click here to tell your Senators to Support Funding for Child Care!

Click here to read eAdvocate November 2015

Information Alert – 11.17.15 – New CCAP Rules Become Permanent

Information Alert – 11.10.15: SB 570 Fails to Pass the House

11.9.15 – Changes to CCAP – Click here for our joint statement with advocacy partners in response to the Governor's CCAP announcement

Letter to the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor’s Office: The Positive Impact of SB570 on Illinois Economy, Working Families 11.4.15

Illinois Action for Children and other advocacy organizations join the National Women’s Law Center in calling for increased state and federal investment in early care and education – 10.27.15

National Women’s Law Center releases their Child Care in 2015: Building Blocks report on the state of child care assistance in the U.S.and how Illinois compares to the rest of the nation. – 10.27.15

IAFC Policy Brief – 10.5.15: Survey Confirms Devastating Impact of Child Care Changes on Children and Working Families

Spring Into Action 2016:  We are looking for presenters for policy-focused workshops and informative sessions for our conference attendees who are primarily child care professionals and early care and education advocates and stakeholders. Click here to learn more and apply! 

Click here to share your story and let us know how the CCAP cuts are impacting YOU!

FACT SHEET: CCAP Program Cuts Implemented July 1, 2015

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Latest News

Illinois Action for Children Awarded Federal Head Start Grant: Year-Round Early Childhood Programs Serving South Suburbs - 12.1.15

Child Care Changes Approved by JCAR: New CCAP rules, including increased eligibility, in effect as of Nov. 9th, 2015.

Illinois Action for Children’s Press Statement on the SB 570 Vote - 11.10.15

Rauner Administration Amedns Eligibility Rules for Child Care Program – Progress Illinois 11.9.15

Governor backtracks on cuts to state child care assistance, but not completely – Catalyst Chicago 11.9.15

Thousands Could Afford Child Care if Reforms Are Enacted – WISC Channel 20 11.9.15

Rauner does about-face on child care eligibility changes – Chicago Sun-Times 11.9.15

Rauner Pressuring Lawmakers on Child Care – The Southern Illinoisan 11.9.15

Check out the recent Illinois Obesity Prevention Standards Case Study: Strengthening Obesity Prevention Standards in Child Care through State Partnerships; a joint study with Illinois Action for Children, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children and Chicago Department of Public Health. 

Illinois Action for Children joins the National Women’s Law Center in calling for increased state and federal investment in early care and education – 10.27.15

Maria Whelan Featured! An Illinois Disaster You May be Missing – Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times 10.8.15

Survey Confirms Devastating Impact of Child Care Changes on Children and Working Families – IAFC Policy Brief 10.5.15

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  • Attention South Suburban Parents! Illinois Action for Chldren's Chicago Heights and Ford Heights Head Start Centers are hosting Open House and Enrollment Fairs on Tuesday, December 1st and you're invited! Click here for details and join us to your the sites and enroll!
  • Attention Parents and Child Care Providers! Please see the updated memo from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) regarding the changes to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) effective November 9, 2015.
  • Attention Providers! Training registration begins Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 9am. Due to the continued budget impasse, Illinois Action for Children and its Community Partners will offer this abbreviated training schedule.
  • Por favor, vea la nota actualizada y hoja suplementaria adjunto del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois (DHS) en relación de los cambios en el Programa de Asistencia de Cuidado de Niños (CCAP) a partir del 1 de julio de 2015.
  • Are You a Nonprofit Child Care Center? You may be able to Lower your Operating Costs:  Illinois Action for Children partners with Elevate Energy and offers assistance to nonprofit childcare centers to help reduce their utility costs, increase the comfort, health, and safety for staff and children, and put financial savings back to their mission. Find more information and application for available services here.
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