Child care providers win raise, fight cuts

home child care providerEffective July 1st, Illinois home child care providers will receive a 3% Child Care Assistance Program rate increase! This victory was possible because home child care providers stuck together to win a strong contract with regular rate increases and continue to fight against cuts to child care for working families.

This year in Springfield, home child care providers fought hard against proposed cuts that would have more than doubled parent copays, cut off new enrollment in the CCAP and left thousands of children without the child care that their parents rely on to stay in school and keep working.

“We’re successful because we come in numbers and we keep at it— lobbying, visiting legislators in their offices, and creating a way for providers, parents and children to make our lawmakers understand just how important child care is to working families.”
– Janice Bolling, Home Child Care Provider, Chicago

Child Care Assistance Program Full Day Rates, Effective 7/1/11:

License Exempt (all counties):

All Ages $14.21

Group 1A Counties (Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake & McHenry):

Under 2 $29.65
2 yrs $28.54
3 and Up $26.75

Group 1B Counties (Boone, Champaign, Kankakee, Madison, McLean, Monroe, Ogle, Peoria, Rock Island, Sangamon, St. Clair, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago & Woodford):

Under 2 $26.31
2 yrs $25.20
3 and Up $24.07

Group 2 Counties (all counties not listed above):

Under 2 $24.07
2 yrs $22.96
3 and Up $21.85