Help Us Fight To Make Sure Every Family In Illinois Has Access To Quality And Affordable Childcare
Today WCRJ leaders traveled to our state capitol with allies from SEIU to demand that members of the State Legislature restore funding to the Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP). CCAP provides working families with a subsidy for childcare, without which many of them would have to pay more than a third and in some cases half their income for childcare. Earlier this year the Governor implemented drastic cuts to CCAP, which resulted in thousands of working families becoming ineligible to receive this vital service. The impact of these cuts didn't stop there. Childcare workers throughout the state, many of whom are low income Black and Latina women, had their hours cut,
were forced to go on furlough, and in some cases were even laid off completely as a result of inhumane cuts.
Access to quality and reliable childcare is essential for any family to survive and thrive. A majority of the Black working mothers we surveyed said not having access to childcare is more of a barrier to finding and maintaining a good job than even lack of education, discrimination and a criminal background.
Getting the cuts restored is a good start, but it's not enough. Even before the Governor cut funding to the program, there were still thousands of Illinois families that weren't eligible. Therefore we're not stopping at restoring funding to its original levels. Our goals are to make universal childcare a reality in Illinois, and improve the wages and working conditions for all childcare workers. But we can't do it without your help. Consider signing up today to become a member of the Workers Center For Racial Justice. For more information on how you can get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org.