childcare mask 2 052920SPRINGFIELD – After hearing concerns from childcare providers about the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on them, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) made it a priority to ensure funding was available to keep them afloat.

The General Assembly recently approved this year’s budget, contained in Senate Bill 264, which provides funds for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Grant Program for childcare and daycare providers who have had to close their businesses during the current pandemic.

“My colleagues and I recognized the challenges childcare providers have faced during this unprecedented time,” Bennett said. “Parents have to be able to go back to work and concentrate on what they’re doing in order to support their family so childcare is critical. I’m glad we were able to provide support by designating funds to this pressing issue.”

Childcare centers are one of the many types of businesses that were widely affected by the closures required during the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently, childcare providers can only operate at a limited capacity to care for children of essential workers.

The grants will be distributed through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity once the program is established and funds are made available.

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