Illinois expands child care program to cover 16,000 more children
More low- and mid-income parents in Illinois will be able to work without worrying about their children’s care thanks to an expansion of the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), according to press release from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office.
The expansion was initially raised in an agreement with the Legislature in 2015. It raises the participation in CCAP to 185 percent of the federal poverty level from 162 percent. The move ensures that approximately 16,000 more children will receive child care through the program, according to the press release.
“I am proud to stand with families who are working two or three jobs just to make a living,” Rauner said in the release. “Many of them are already struggling, and now they’re taking an even deeper cut in their income thanks to the 32% increase in income taxes the legislature passed in July.”
IDHS will expand CCAP through emergency rulemaking to ensure that the changes to program eligibility are adopted as soon as possible, the release said.