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No budget resolution in Illinois leads to issues with state-subsidized child care

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Joyce Wells who has run the O’Fallon Childcare and Learning Center since 2002 relies on an estimated $10,000 a month from the state of Illinois to keep her doors open. Joyce Wells who has run the O’Fallon Childcare and Learning Center since 2002 relies on an estimated $10,000 a month from the state of Illinois to keep her doors open.

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KMOV.com) – For seven weeks the state of Illinois has felt the effects of not having a budget and now state-subsidized child care is being affected.

Joyce Wells who has run the O’Fallon Childcare and Learning Center since 2002 relies on an estimated $10,000 a month from the state of Illinois to keep her doors open.

“I don't have any idea when funding will come. It’s very stressful and at this point we are in jeopardy,” said Wells.

With state funding halted for more than two months the center has been shorted $20,000 causing cuts to the center’s staff.

Due to these money issues some parents have had to either reduce the amount of hours they work or quit altogether to take care of their children, because they cannot pay the full tuition to make up for the absence of state funding.

“I can't take anybody else. So about half of the children that are here are being carried,” said Wells.

On Monday a group of parents voiced their concerns to the O’Fallon City Council, begging the mayor to help resolve this issue.

Mayor Gary Graham plans to appeal to the legislature, but he does not believe it will do much good, because the Illinois legislature is no closer to agreeing on a budget today than it was six months ago.

When asked about the future of the center, Wells seemed uncertain.

“I don't know. I don't know. I don't have an answer to that. Not much longer,” said Wells.

The O’Fallon Childcare Center is currently relying on donations and volunteers to make up for staff cuts.

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