State provides influx of cash for day care programs

By Denise Jackson

May 18, 2012 Updated May 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill --The Illinois legislature has approved funding to help keep children in state-sponsored daycare programs through the end of next month. Governor Quinn signed off on the bill Friday afternoon providing a much need cash influx for daycare providers and parents.

Amber Rosenak depends a lot upon Rogy's Daycare off Farmington Road in Peoria. The Pekin mother, who is divorced, not only works there but has four children that use the facility. She says it would be impossible to pay the nearly $600 a month it would cost for daycare if it were not for the childcare connection program.

"It's hard to keep a job and be able to pay for daycare, so that's why I had to go to childcare connections for help. If they would have cut it, it probably would have been hard to keep a job because my kids obviously would come first," she said.

Rogy's Director Jennifer Kelly says nearly a half dozen of her teachers have children enrolled in the program. Kelly says they are all relieved the state has found money to keep the childcare subsidies funded through the end of the fiscal year.

"It's a huge burden off all our parents and our teachers. I know they were all very stressed as well as all of us. We're very excited we'll be able to continue to care for all the children," said Kelly.

State Senator Dave Koehler said budget negotiators identified an unused fund with enough cash in it to pay for childcare without eliminating other state services keeping these children and workers happy.

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