Imagine if every week you had to scramble to find childcare.
Imagine if you sometimes you spent your entire day at work worrying that any minute you might get a call that something happened, and you needed to come home now, potentially losing your job.
Imagine if you spent the day worried if your child was safe. It sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it?
For too many Chicago families, this is everyday life. According to a recent study by the Center for American Progress, in Chicago, 5 out of 6 children under the age of 5 live in childcare deserts -meaning a neighborhood either lacking any child care options or with so few child care providers that there are more than three children for every licensed child care slot.
In Chicago and Cook County, 38% of children live in single-parent households, which makes reliable childcare even more important. Without safe and affordable childcare, parents in Chicago cannot work and support their families.
Additionally, for small business owners who operate daycares in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods in Chicago and Illinois, the challenges are significant. The Illinois budget crisis has resulted in payment delays – not by a few weeks, but a few months or even a year. And budget cuts have resulted in fewer people qualifying for state support, making it even harder to receive adequate and affordable care. When this resource is unavailable, daycare owners can’t serve as many families, leaving more children (and parents) without quality care.
WBDC provides business guidance and technical assistance, so that daycare owners can focus on providing quality care to more families. Help us bring business training, micro-lending, and technical assistance to the hardworking men and women who care for Illinois’ children.
Help us give every child a chance at a strong start.