Illinois Child Care Providers to Receive Funding from BIG

Illinois Child Care Providers to Receive Funding from BIG

CHICAGO (AP) – Child care providers in Illinois facing challenges during the pandemic are getting a boost from the state.

Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services announced Monday over $156 million in Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) funding has been provided to 4,686 child care providers across Illinois facing challenges as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The first round of funding helped child care centers and homes in 95 counties across the state. Forty-seven percent of the grant funds were awarded to childcare programs located in areas that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

An additional $114 million in grants will be available for child care providers across the state through the BIG program, the second round of funding dedicated to supporting child-care centers and homes.

Grantees eligible for funding include childcare centers and family childcare homes that are licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and are currently open and serving children in their communities.