Nearly 2,500 families from 100 child care centers in Illinois have lost access to state-subsidized day care because of the Rauner administration's cuts to the program, according to a new survey of child care providers in the state.
Child Care Advocates United (CCAU), an association of about 400 child care providers in Illinois, conducted the anonymous survey of 100 child care providers in 33 Illinois municipalities from October 15 to October 22.
The 100 child care providers surveyed represent 2.7 percent of the total child care centers in Illinois receiving CCAP subsidies, according to CCAU.
The survey findings were released Monday, about four months after the Rauner administration drastically reduced eligibility for CCAP on July 1, when the state entered the new fiscal year without a budget in place. Child care advocates say the new CCAP requirements will shut out an estimated 90 percent of new applicants from the program.
The administration contends that the CCAP changes are necessary in order to manage the state's finances without a budget.
Here are the survey findings, based on information collected from the 100 child care centers:
75 percent reported staff layoffs.
1,036 families who submitted a CCAP application were denied.
1,450 families were turned away without entering the processing system.
2,486 families were therefore denied CCAP services for which they previously had qualified.
2,052 slots remain vacant.
1,387 children are facing 're-determination,' and a loss of eligibility, which means centers are operating at a deficit and will be forced to either exclude them or lay off staff.
"Illinois stands alone in the United States in freezing child care eligibility and now we are seeing the disastrous effects. The rules changes put into place by Governor Rauner are destroying child care in Illinois before our eyes," CCAU said in a statement. "He is not merely destroying the livelihood of our providers, he is eliminating the tools that thousands of parents and their children have to enter the middle class. We call on Governor Rauner immediately to rescind these rule changes and stop the destruction of CCAP."