Governor Announces CCAP Changes to Increase Investment in ECE Workforce
Today, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced two changes to the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) as of Jan. 1, 2020, that will more fairly compensate child care providers and expand access to training and education opportunities for them. CCAP is a vitally-important work support that provides children with high-quality early education programming while parents work or go to school.
First, the Governor announced a 5 percent CCAP reimbursement rate increase statewide for home- and center-based providers—and an additional 15 percent base rate increase for rural, center-based providers. This is only the second rate increase for center providers since 2013, and home providers since 2015. “Providers deserve to be compensated for the incredibly important role they play in creating high-quality early learning environment for the children in their care,” said Maria Whelan, President and CEO of Illinois Action for Children.
The Governor also announced an increase of $3 million in funding for early childhood workforce training. The resulting expansion of access to training and education opportunities for providers will help improve the quality of care they are able to provide—and improve outcomes for the children in their care.
We applaud IDHS and Governor Pritzker for continuing to prioritize needs of children and families, first by increasing program eligibility in the fall and now the changes announced today. “Taken together, these changes demonstrate this Governor and his administration’s commitment to making Illinois the national leader in early care and education—for children, families, and providers, “ Whelan said. “CCAP is still serving 20,000 fewer children than in July of 2015, but these are critically-important steps toward providing all children the start in life that they deserve.”