Today, Illinois took a step forward on the path to rebuilding our investment in children and families. With the House of Representatives’ veto override, we now have a full-year, fully-funded budget for FY18 as well as appropriations for the second half of FY17 for those programs who hadn’t yet received it.
The approved budget–the first full-year, fully-funded budget since FY14–provides significant funding to early childhood programs including:
- $50 million increase for Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative (Illinois State Board of Education)
- Restoration of home visiting programs in the Department of Human Services to their FY14 levels of $10,040,000 for Healthy Families and $6,870,300 for Parents Too Soon (and provision of FY17 appropriations for these lines)
- $77 million increase over the expected FY17 expenditures for the Child Care Assistance Program
- $4 million increase over the expected FY17 expenditures for Early Intervention
We applaud the members of the General Assembly in both parties who took the tough vote to try to end this impasse. While it will take some time for early childhood programs to rebound from the impasse, with this override, we are relieved that early childhood programs will be able to shift their focus to rebuilding their programs, providing vital services for children and families, and planning for the future of the children and families they serve.