After signing the Education budget earlier this week, Governor Rauner vetoed the budget bill that included funding for the Child Care Assistance Program and other programs important to children and families for FY 2016 (Begins July 1, 2016).
As you may remember, before adjourning on May 31st, the General Assembly passed a series of bills that make up an FY16 budget. The budget passed with Democratic votes and while funding services at similar levels to this year – the lack of revenue made those bills insufficient to begin FY16 on a stable and strong foundation. That is the budget that was vetoed yesterday. The Governor had indicated he would veto budget bills unless some or all of his non-budget related ‘Turn Around’ agenda is passed first. Only then will he discuss revenue options to move the total budget forward.
In the budget for the Illinois State Board of Education, signed on June 24th, funding for Preschool for All (PFA) and Prevention Initiative (PI) received an increase of just over $20 million and will be available in the coming fiscal year which begins July 1st. Again, we must reiterate that child care funding, which many providers use to offer full day programming to children enrolled in PFA and PI, is not included in this budget.
With no budget resolution in sight, families are placed in the perilous position of not knowing if their child care and other services will be available after July 1st.
It is important to know that services provided in June WILL BE PAID out of the FY15 (current year) budget. Remember the IDHS pays services AFTER they have been provided – so you will receive payments in July for care provided in June. However, because of this uncertainty going into July, several organizations are grappling with a decision to continue ‘business as usual’ and assume they will be reimbursed, but others may reduce service delivery and some may shut down completely.
4-C is a private not-for-profit social service agency that for more than 40 years has helped families and child care providers by offering resources and services that include Child Care Financial Assistance, Resource & Referral for Child Care, Parent and Provider Education, the Child Care Food Program as well as Nursing, Social Work, Mental Health, Quality and Infant/Toddler Specialists. The agency also advocates on behalf of children, families and Early Care and Education Providers.
The 4-C mission is to promote children’s well-being by advocating for quality, affordable child care. We support parents and those providing child care by offering information, education, resources and services.
The 4-C vision is that all children will be cared for in safe, nurturing, and healthy environments growing to become contributing members of their communities and capable of nurturing their own children.
4-C advocates for children by monitoring legislation which affects them. We inform community members and lawmakers about the needs of children and provide a strong voice to ensure that these needs are met. 4-C is a member of Illinois Action for Children, a statewide advocacy leader for children, families, and providers of child care. For additional information visit their website at www.actforchildren.org.
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Membership is open to all providers living in the six counties served by 4-C: Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, and Whiteside.
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