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Illinois Child Care Restoration Grants


As Illinois begins to re-open, and people go back to work, they'll need safe and reliable child care. That was the message Wednesday from Governor J.B. Pritzker when he announced a sizeable portion of federal CARES Act funds will go to child care providers.

At Skip-a-long Child Development Services in Moline, he said he and the General Assembly had agreed to spend 270 million dollars from COVID relief funds to help closed centers re-open, and help those that had managed to stay open to expand and accept more children.

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Everyone had to sign in and have their temperature checked, including the governor.

"With today's announcement, Illinois is the first state in the United States to build this kind of support program with our coronavirus relief funds. This is an historic investment in our state's child care infrastructure."

In addition to re-opening safely, the governor hopes the federal money will help hold down the cost of child care. Providers can help decide how to distribute the money by filling out an online survey. 

The survey is at inccrra.org - for the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.  

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.