CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of parents and daycare providers gathered at the Thompson Center on Friday to call on state lawmakers to restore funding to the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program.
“We need funding today. We need it in place today! There is no more money for daycare in Illinois,” said organizer Pamela Walker.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Charged In 2 Carjackings In Chicago's Douglas Neighborhood
Lawmakers and former Gov. Pat Quinn approved a budget last spring that left the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program nearly $300 million short of what it would need to last until a new budget kicks in July 1.
Walker said the consequences of the budget cuts will be devastating.
“As of today, daycare centers will close. Today they are cutting hours from employees because they cannot sustain their payroll and that affects hundreds of thousands of children,” she said.