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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Shorter Hours, No Promotions: How the Pandemic Stalled Some Parents’ Careers (New York Times) » Mental Health Support in Preschool May Help Lower Sky-High Expulsion Rates (The 19th)   » Can Americans Resolve Partisan Divides to Create a National Child Care System?   (PBS Newshour) » More Changes Coming to Chicago Early Learning after Feds Break up Head Start Monopoly  (Chalkbeat)  » Social Scientists Explain How Child Care Insecurity Is Hurting Caregivers Across the US   (Business Insider)   » Lawmakers ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » The Child Tax Credit Is a First Shot at Stability for Some Families (Marketplace) » Job Training, Child Care Could Be ‘Magic Road’ to Single Moms’ Economic Security (PBS Newshour)   » What Is Child Care Insecurity? Two Social Scientists Explain   (The Conversation) » Illinois Is Expelling Fewer Preschoolers. But Programs Still Exclude Young Children. (Chalkbeat)  » Minneapolis Joins Guaranteed Income Experiment Using Federal Aid (CityLab)   » Eligible Low-Income Children Missing Out on Crucial WIC ...
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eAdvocate July Newsletter

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In this Issue In this month’s issue of eAdvocate we share exciting news about legislative updates (including CCAP), celebrate parent work, and provide opportunities to get involved in early childhood advocacy over the summer! Illinois Legislative Updates Throughout this past spring, IAFC shared updates on several exciting pieces of early childhood legislation moving through, and ultimately passed by, the Illinois General Assembly. As of today, most of those bills have been sent to the Governor for his signature. IAFC encourages Governor Pritzker to sign the following bills into law:      • HB 2878 (Stuart, Pacione-Zayas), establishes the Early Childhood ...
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Weekly News: July 7, 2021

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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » IAFC in the News - Pritzker Makes Pandemic Child Care Policy Permanent (WBEZ Reset) » In Illinois, President Biden to Push Money for Families and Child Care (AP)   » Eviction Deadline Looms for Millions of Tenants With Surging Rent Debt   (CityLab) » The Student Loan Debt Crisis Impedes Black Women's Economic Security (CLASP)  » The Pandemic Was Disastrous for ECE—And Both Kids and Adults Are Feeling It (EdSurge)   » The U.S. Once Had Government-Provided Child Care. Where Is It Now?   ( Morning Edition) ...
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Child care is one of the biggest expenses and worries of families in this country. Governor Pritzker is making permanent a pandemic policy of $1 per month child care for families living in poverty. He’s also capping child care costs for families with incomes up to 250 percent above the federal poverty level. WBEZ Reset   examines how this could benefit families and the state’s post-pandemic economic recovery. GUESTS:   Terri Sabol, assistant professor in the School of Education & Social Policy at Northwestern University Teresa Ramos, vice president of public policy and advocacy at Illinois Action for Children Rochelle Golliday, Owner/Executive ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Gov. Pritzker Announces Expansion of Assistance for Families Seeking Child Care and Providers (WAND TV) » CPS, Universal Prekindergarten, and Child Care in Chicago (Chicago Tribune)  » 1 in 4 Parents Worries Their Young Child Isn't Reaching Milestones (U.S. News & World Report) » The Expanded Child Tax Credit Could “Cut Poverty in Half” in America (Marketplace)  » D.C. Mayor Has the Money to Pay Off Pandemic Rent Debt  (CityLab)   » Recovery Legislation Could Help End Summer Childhood Hunger   ( CBPP) ...
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( via Chicago Tribune ) Child care centers across Chicago relied on state and federal funding to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic as enrollment plunged. Now, with restrictions lifted and parents returning to work, the need for child care continues to grow. One issue threatening private day cares is that they are losing 4- and 5-year-olds to CPS preschools and being urged to focus on caring for infants and toddlers, but infants are the “most expensive population to serve,” said Ejeh with Illinois Action for Children. Many private child care centers depend on the income from pre-K students to offset the costs of caring for infants, said Beata ...
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( WAND-TV ) Governor JB Pritzker announced a significant expansion of financial assistance for both families and providers, allowing children to return to quality, affordable child care programs.  Eighty percent of families will pay less for child care under this latest round of changes, to be administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Beginning July 1, DHS will facilitate the following improvements: Reducing family payments: Family payments or copayments -- the monthly amount parents are required to pay to child care providers for the cost of their child care -- will be permanently lowered ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Can Illinois Rescue Its Early Childhood Workforce? (Chalkbeat Chicago) » Lack of Child Care Infrastructure Costs U.S. Billions of Dollars Each Year (Ms. Magazine) » The Soaring Costs Of Day Care Stifle Some Parents' Return To Work (NPR) » Secretaries Cardona & Becerra Emphasize the Long-Term Value of Early Learning Investments (FFYF)  » These Families Wanted a Village, So They Built Their Own (CityLab)   » Latest Hardship Data Show Continuing Racial Disparities   ( CBPP) #News ...
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( excerpted from Chalkbeat Chicago ) - Previous efforts to help experienced workers earn bachelor’s degrees did not go far enough and weren’t really practical for women juggling full-time jobs. Teresa Ramos, the vice president of public policy at the advocacy group Illinois Action for Children, said the consortium effort must really scrutinize what experienced workers need to be successful. “The challenge we heard is that people want to stay in the field and keep their job. When you are working full-time, you can’t take a college class between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. — and that’s when many four-years offer their classes,” she said. Some of the strict mandates in ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Concerns About Child Care, COVID Delay Stronger Jobs Recovery for Black, Hispanic Women (BizWomen) » To Build Back Better with Women, Invest in Child Care in America (Ms. Magazine) » Schools Across US Brace for Surge of Kindergartners to Start in Fall (Associated Press) » About 560,000 Child Care Workers Would Benefit from Increasing Minimum Wage (CNBC.com)  » Closing Medicaid Coverage Gap Would Help Diverse Group and Narrow Racial Disparities (CBPP) » The U.S. Doubled Down on its Housing Problems ...
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eAdvocate Newsletter - June

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--> View Newsletter Archives In this Issue In this month of eAdvocate we highlight the end of this Legislative Session, an exciting new podcast series, and more! Legislative Session Recap On June 1, 2021, the Illinois General Assembly’s legislative session came to an end. While Illinois Action for Children is disappointed that overall state investments in early childhood were decreased, we are pleased to see federal investments made, particularly in the early childhood workforce. Additionally, we are excited about legislation passed this year to support the incumbent workforce in furthering their education and credentials. You ...
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Chicago - Maria Whelan was Illinois Action for Children’s leader, a dear friend to many, and a true believer that children matter most . She spent her 50-plus year career as a strong, fierce, and relentless advocate for children and families in Illinois and throughout the country. Today, as we mark one year since her tragic passing, we are honored to announce the development of the Maria Whelan Leadership Institute (MWLI). Maria believed that the best ways to support children included supporting and partnering with the adults in their lives—especially the teachers, the providers, the staff, and the advocates—who are the child care and early education workforce. ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Child Care, Paid Leave Front and Center During Bipartisan House Hearing (FFYF) » Child Care Providers Needed as Parents Return to Work and Summer Arrives (WCIA Springfield) » The Pandemic Hit Moms Hard, and That Stress Can Trickle Down to Kids (Hechinger Report) » OPINION: Turning Child Care Into A Cold War in America (New York Times)  » COVID Exposes Dire Need for ECE and More. Give Families Help, Not Nostalgia. (USA Today) » The Inequality of American Parks and What It Means for Children, Families   ...
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Chicago, IL - We are thrilled with the passage of House Bill 2878 (the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity — Upskilling Incumbent Early Childhood Educators & Building a Robust Workforce bill). HB 2878 makes it easier for educators to access courses in the ways they need. It also ensures that students seeking Early Childhood degrees can transfer into four-year universities without losing any credits or having to re-take courses. The existing early childhood workforce crisis has only been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Too few current and aspiring early childhood educators can work, care for their families, and further their higher education/training. ...
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Chicago, IL – The state budget reached yesterday at the end of the Illinois General Assembly’s legislative session largely reflects level-funding from FY21 due to better-than-expected state revenue and some revenue enhancements. While Illinois Action for Children is disappointed that overall state investments in early childhood programs were decreased, we are pleased to see investments made in the early childhood workforce, particularly with federal relief funds.  Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) –  Cut by $20 million. However, due to lower program usage, the appropriation will allow for a provider rate increase, family copayment reduction, and funding ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » COVID-19 Relief Came Too Late For In-Home Child Cares That Shuttered Permanently (WBEZ) IAFCs Teresa Ramos is featured in this article about the impact of the pandemic on home-based child care. » Child Care Expert Says Pandemic Exacerbated Broken System (WGLT Radio) WGLT talks to INCCRRA's Dan Harris about the impact of the pandemic on child care in Illinois. » The Latest Pandemic Supply Shock: Child Care Workers (Bloomberg CityLab) CityLab examines the impact of the pandemic on the child care field's workforce. » Americans' Post-Pandemic ...
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May is Mental Health Month, and all month Illinois Action for Children has been spreading the important message that whatever you are facing, you are not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has made feelings of isolation, fear, stress, worry, and loneliness more pronounced for most people—myself included. This past year has been strange, unfamiliar, and uncertain—all things that can make coping with the regular stressors of the day even more difficult. We know that mental health challenges have  increased dramatically since March 2020. We’ve stayed home, worked from home, schooled our children from home and washed and disinfected everything, repeatedly. If ...
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( via WBEZ ) Many home-based child care programs have been stretched beyond their limits during the pandemic, reports WEBZ Chicago Public Radio. Some saw attendance drop, but had to maintain full service with less money. ​​​​Teresa Ramos, vice president of public policy and advocacy with Illinois Action for Children, says the home child care system has long been vulnerable. “Even outside of the pandemic, they were front-ending dollars, borrowing from their retirement, their other savings from their homes in order to keep open,” she said. Ramos says a key problem for providers is the different funding streams from the state. There’s one central agency ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » The Pandemic Created a Child-Care Crisis. Mothers Bore the Burden.  (New York Times) An interactive, long-form piece by the New York Times on the pandemic, child care, and mothers.  » OPINION: America’s ECE system is struggling. Head Start can help chart path forward (Hechinger Report) This op-ed from the National Head Start Association argues for Head Start as a national ECE model.   » Parents spend average of $8,355 per child for year-round child care (CNBC.com) CNBC examines the cost of child care for working parents in America at the present time. ...
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