Gov. Pritzker Renews Commitment to Children and Families in Budget Proposal
For immediate release: Feb. 19, 2020
Chicago — Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) applauds Governor Pritzker for his continued commitment to our state’s youngest learners, which was reinforced in today’s state budget address and proposal.
“Illinois is poised to transform its early care and education landscape under this Governor’s administration,” said Maria Whelan, President & CEO of Illinois Action for Children. “Ultimately, it is our collective responsibility to take these opportunities and turn them into what children and families need from us.”
As the Governor revealed his FY 2021 State Budget proposal today, the following ECE-related budget items were outlined:
- $100 million increase to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to increase provider rates and reduce parents’ copays
- $50 million increase to the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG)
- $7 million increase to funding for Early Intervention (EI)
- $2 million for DHS-funded Home Visiting
“The early care and education funding in this budget lays a solid foundation for the hard work ahead—but as Governor Pritzker said, more must be done,” said Whelan. “When put into the larger context of the Governor’s creation of the Illinois Commission on Equitable Early Childhood Education and Care Funding, our state must reimagine ECE to ensure that every child in every community has access to the same opportunities and the same start in life.”
Beyond early care and education, the nearly $1.4 billion in appropriations held back in today’s budget proposal highlights the critical need for Illinois to also reimagine how it collects revenue. The Fair Tax that will be on the ballot in November will address Illinois’ structural budget deficit by lifting the burden off lower and middle-income Illinoisans while requiring only those making $250,000 per year to pay more. To learn more about the Fair Tax, click here.
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Illinois Action for Children is a state and national leader in the early care and education community. Our outreach and work with low-income, hard-to-reach families, has led us to ensure that early care and education, and other opportunities, are accessible to the children most in need.