SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Legislation introduced by state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, that would restore access to the Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) for parents that are seeking an educational degree has passed the House and will receive consideration in the Senate.
“Parents who are pursuing education are doing it so that they may have better opportunities to support their families,” Wallace said. “Childcare assistance is critical in assisting working families and improving the livelihood of children in our state. It’s important that we ensure this effective program, which generates economic activity and allows individuals to work and pursue a career, is reaching people who can use it.”
Under Wallace’s House Bill 3213, families that have both parents pursuing some level of full-time education and families with one parent working and the other enrolled in a non-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) training program would be eligible for CCAP. Such families previously qualified for CCAP, but changes from the Rauner Administration to the program eliminated their ability to participate. If passed into law, Wallace’s bill would qualify an additional 4,000-5,000 children for CCAP.
“Childcare assistance helps to bring stability to families,” Wallace said. “When we have a successful program like CCAP, it’s crucial that we maximize its effectiveness by serving populations that need it.”
For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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