Providers and parents spring into action to save child care

We’re acting now to fight off devastating cuts to child care in Illinois. Sign up here to join us in Springfield on May 15th, and do your part for kids, working parents, and providers in Illinois.

Parents and child care providers across the state hit the ground running after Wednesday’s announcement that a $73 million shortfall in the Illinois budget could leave providers without pay until July– on top of a proposed $85 million cut to the Child Care Assistance Program in FY13– creating a crisis for parents, children and providers.

Parents and child care providers are uniting to protect the child care Illinois depends on.

Parents and child care providers are uniting to protect the child care Illinois depends on.

“There’s no way I can pay my mortgage if we can’t stop these cuts—the bank doesn’t want to hear that the state can’t pay me,” said Victoria Williams, a home child care provider on Chicago’s South Side. “If I have to close down, parents are going to lose their jobs, because other daycare centers won’t be accepting new kids knowing that they won’t be able to support them.”

“It’s up to us as parents and providers to make sure our lawmakers understand just how devastating this is to all of us,” Vanessa said.

Watch Vanessa’s story, which appeared on Fox’s 12 o’ clock news the day after the state announced the shortfall. Several other news outlets around the state have approached providers and parents to learn how Illinois residents will suffer from this budget disaster.

Home child care provider Pamela Franks is holding a meeting for parents and providers at her home in Springfield to involve working families in the fight to protect the Child Care Assistance Program.

“I’ve been a child care provider for seventeen years, I’m a single mom, and I rely solely on child care payments for my income. Since I got this announcement from the state yesterday, I’m worrying not just about how I’m going to feed my own kids and keep my lights on, but about the five families I care for who are going to suffer because they’ll lose their jobs if I can’t keep going,” Pamela said.

“I just started calling and emailing newspapers with my story because we’ve got to make lawmakers see the ripple effect this crisis could have on the state,” Pamela said.

More than 35,000 child care providers could be put out of business by this funding shortage, leaving more than 85,000 working parents out of options for childcare when they need to get to work. On May 15, we’re rallying in Springfield to stand up for the thousands of Illinois families who will be devastated by these cuts.

Sign up now to join us in Springfield as we fight to stand up for kids, parents, and providers.

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5 Responses to “Providers and parents spring into action to save child care”

  1. Lea Roberts says:

    I can only pray that the governor does not make these health cuts. This would be a tragedy for the familes, and the workers. I am also, PA, need my job, and my people need me.
    Governor Quinn, please help in this matter.

    Lea Roberts

  2. Cecilia Burt says:

    WOW!!! How sad that we the providers have to go without after working for pennies anyway, we must love what we do because we work for daily pay instead of hourly. We must love the job because it’s not for the pay and now we can’t even get that. My three year old children in my care are reading, that didn’t just happen, that takes patience and a lot of work. I don’t babysit, I provide quality care to my clients children. Please respect the profession & gift of what we do.

  3. Denise Perkins says:

    I received a call a couple of weeks ago about going to springfield about the cuts in Illinois for Child care. I have not heard anything else. I mentioned that myself and another childcare provider and maybe her children would attend. We are suppose to be on 87th and the Dan Ryan at 6:30am. Is this all I’m suppose to know. Please let me know. Thanks

  4. Amanda says:

    These cuts will devastate millions of families childcare provider, parents and children. Quinn needs to take a pay cut if he truly is in it for the people that’s commitment!


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