Today, families in the northern suburbs — our neighbors — are in crisis. Because of new state guidelines enacted July 1, thousands of parents have lost access to child care.
Latoya,* who lives here in Evanston, came to CNE seeking child care for her 3-year-old daughter. Latoya makes minimum wage and works 35 hours per week as a package handler at UPS. Under the new state guidelines, Latoya makes “too much money” to qualify for state financial assistance for child care. But Latoya is already struggling to make ends meet: her paychecks come in at about $250/week and child care alone would cost her $400/week.
Latoya’s story is common. 95% of our families who previously qualified no longer qualify for child care assistance under the new state guidelines.
What options does Latoya have? Does she stay at home and risk losing her job? Does she leave her daughter home alone? These options hurt our neighbors, and hurt our economic community.
Today, we’re asking you to help us provide a real solution. At CNE, we can’t solve a state budget crisis. But with your help, we can provide a safety net for our neighbors by offering them a scholarship to cover the cost of child care while they continue to work. Will you help us take care of our neighbors?
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*Names changed to protect the privacy of our clients.