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Why the CCAP $300 million shortfall is a crisis–and how you can help

February 5, 2015
BridgeCommunitiesLogoIllinois is facing a budget shortfall, and as a result, the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is underfunded by $300 million. Due to this, many daycares and childcare providers may be asking families–including Bridge clients–to pay more for daycare until the state budget is repaired to include this funding. Please click here to read more about this issue.
More than 80% of Bridge families pay for their daycare through CCAP. If this program does not receive funding, their weekly daycare costs may increase from around $30/child to more than $200/child.
We urge you to contact your local legislator to share why childcare is important to Bridge families. Here is sample text you can use when writing your e-mails or making your phone calls:
  • My name is (insert) and I am in (NAME OF YOUR LEGISLATOR) district. I volunteer with Bridge Communities, a nonprofit organization providing transitional housing to homeless families in DuPage County.
  • I am very concerned about the underfunding of the Child Care Assistance Program and the impact it has on Bridge Communities families, and all families in Illinois.
  • The Child Care Assistance Program is underfunded by almost $300 million and is on the verge of collapse.
  • For many of the families, solving this child care crisis will be the difference between them keeping their jobs or having to stay home with their children, or worse, leaving their children home alone or with a sibling.
  • I am contacting you to urge you and the General Assembly to work with the Governor to solve this crisis.
Click here to look up your local legislator’s contact information.
Thank you for helping advocate for Bridge families.
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