97 Day Without a Budget Equals Days Without Childcare

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DECATUR - It’s been over 90 days since the state has had a budget. Many parents in need of child care are feeling the effects.

Annie Yarbary has a home day care. She says many parents cannot afford to work low wage jobs and continue to pay for child care without the state’s help.

The changes in the state funded child care program has begun to affect her as well.

“Being a small business and his created hardship on and it was already one thing getting the state payments late and missing months or every other month but now it's basically just stopped” Yarbary says.

In Central Illinois Child Care Resources services provides state aid for childcare to parents in need. But without a budget, the income qualifications have been slashed to  50% of the federal poverty level.

Now many parents don’t qualify.

Here are income guidelines for families that had an active case prior to July 1, 2015.

Family Size

Maximum Monthly Income

2

$2,456.00

3

$3,098.00

4

$3,736.00

5

$4,380.00

6

$5,022.00

7

$5,663.00

 (source CCRS.org)

 But for new applicants or if a case lapses for over 30 days a parent would have to qualify under the new guidelines:

Family Size

Maximum Monthly Income

2

$664.00

3

$838.00

4

$1,011.00

5

$1,184.00

6

$1,358.00

7

$1,531.00

 It is cause many families to be denied and not be able to afford childcare

                It’s not just home providers -- the Decatur YMCA provides childcare and has had to turn parents away

“There is there is a declining numbers those that previously would've been able to afford the program and fit into the income come guidelines no longer can so we have had to turn parents away or they have had to tell us that they cannot afford us”

                So parents have to figure out alternate means for childcare, putting parents at risk of losing their jobs. And if the budget battle is not solved soon day care workers could also be at risk of losing their jobs.

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