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• Cassie Walker Burke reports that the state of Illinois will pay all but $1 for the child care of the children of essential workers during the coronavirus emergency.
• Is your state doing enough to support essential workers? How can philanthropists best work to support essential workers?
• Read about protecting essential workers during the pandemic.
Illinois will pick up all but $1 of the tab for health care workers, grocery clerks, and other “essential” workers who place their children in state-licensed child care centers or homes, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Sunday.
The governor also said the state will boost reimbursements rates by 30% for the qualifying centers and homes that operate under emergency waivers during the coronavirus pandemic. To date, Illinois has granted about 550 child care centers the waivers, and another 1,500 home-based operators also qualify.
All other child care centers are closed by emergency order, though the state was slower to close day cares than restaurants or K-12 schools. Schools are closed at least through April 30.
Read the full article about helping essential workers with child care by Cassie Walker Burke at Chalkbeat.