Gov. Pritzker’s Plan Would Spend More Money on Kids – Illinois Public Radio
Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he wants to invest in programs for children, and the budget he proposed this week called for increases in early childhood services and the Child Care Assistance Program.
Child advocacy groups applauded the proposals, including a $30 million boost to the CCAP program to help lower-income families pay for child care, and a $100 million increase for the Early Childhood Block Grant. The block grant for helps at-risk families with supports like home visits, parent education and preschool.
Maria Whelan, president of Illinois Action For Children, called the governor’s plan positive.
“Particularly given the given the really, really tough economic times that our state is in, we are supportive of the budget address, and we look forward to working in a new way with the Pritzker administration.”