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Child Care for working families

5/8/2018, 1:20 p.m.
State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., Elwood, co-sponsored legislation that will protect working class families from being unnecessarily removed from the ...

State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., Elwood, co-sponsored legislation that will protect working class families from being unnecessarily removed from the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

"As a proud father of three, I want to make sure the children of hard working folks

in Illinois have proper access to child care," Walsh said. "Many working-class

families rely on CCAP so that they can go to work or school, and without access, it

forces many parents to make a difficult decision on what's best for the future of

their family."

CCAP is a Department of Human Services (DHS) program that provides childcare to low income and working families. In July 2015, cuts to the CCAP resulted in 30,000 hard working families being turned away by program. House Bill 5599 establishes the income level to qualify for CCAP. This does not change any of the costs to the DHS, as House Bill 5599 matches the current eligibility requirements, but putting this income level into Illinois Law prevents the DHS from changing the eligibility

requirements and cutting families from the program.