Child Care in Central Illinois | WGLT

Child Care in Central Illinois

Public K-12 education is financed almost entirely by the public sector—through taxes—and available to all children. Yet child care and other early childhood education involves substantial family payments. GLT talks to those on the front lines of child care in central Illinois about why it's so expensive, where there are gaps in coverage, and why some are optimistic about long-sought policy changes such as paid family leave.

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Editor’s note: This is the third and final story in GLT’s series about child care issues in central Illinois. Part 1 focused on the high cost of care. Part 2 covered local solutions to gaps in care.

Anderson family in their kitchen
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Editor’s note: This is the second story in a three-part series about child care issues in central Illinois. Part 1 focused on the cost of care. Part 3 will air Friday on GLT’s Sound Ideas.

Molly, Marie, and Evie play
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Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about child care issues in central Illinois. You can also read Part 2 (on gaps in care) and Part 3 (paid family leave).