Expanding Illinois Child Care Assistance to Job and School Search: Experiences of Cook County Parents

Research Report

Unemployed parents of young children in Illinois face a dilemma: they can’t look for a job without child care, but can’t afford child care without a job. Fortunately in 2021, a temporary policy was put in place that assists parents with the cost of child care while they look for work or enroll in a school program. Our report looks at the impact of this policy on some of the first parents who received this assistance. Here is the report.