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Ms. Maria Whelan

President and Chief Executive Officer

Illinois Action

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Illinois Action

4753 N. Broadway Ste. 1200

Chicago, Illinois 60640

United States

Company Description

Illinois Action for Children has championed the cause of quality child care and early education for families and children throughout Illinois for 37 years.Action for Children provides access to resources, community, advocacy - and represents an alliance o ... more

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Employment History

Executive Director

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Bachelor's degree


Clarke College

Master's degree

Social Services

The University of Chicago

master degree

University of Chicago

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Chicago Tribune: Day care providers face uncertain future in absence of state budget [cached]

The state-funded program has been in jeopardy of losing funding since the last fiscal year when it was deemed underfunded by $300 million, said Maria Whelan, president of the Illinois Action for Children.

"We're looking at $177 million in cuts," Whelan said.
The overall budget cut to CCAP includes three key elements: the elimination of care for children ages 6 and older; no future funding for relatives who stay home to watch children; and an increase in parent co-pays, Whelan said.
In Illinois about 32,000 day care providers would be affected by the cuts, Whelan said.

Board of Directors - Illinois Action for Children [cached]

Maria Whelan President & CEO, Illinois Action for Children

An estimated 2,000 working families of ... [cached]

An estimated 2,000 working families of 4,000 children across the state have been turned down since the eligibility changes were made, said Maria Whelan, president and CEO of Chicago-based Illinois Action for Children.

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Maria Whelan, president and CEO of Illinois Action for Children: "Nearly seven months into a fiscal year with no state budget, today Governor Rauner gave his State of the State Address that was unfortunately short on solutions for the children and families of this state that so desperately need this madness to end.

Even though eligibility guidelines have ... [cached]

Even though eligibility guidelines have been mostly restored, theres still a gap between 162 percent of FPL and 185 percent, and the higher co-payments instituted by Rauner remain, according to Maria Whelan, president and CEO of Chicago-based Illinois Action for Children. The current income guideline, by itself, keeps 10,000 children out of the program who normally would be admitted under the original income ceiling of 185 percent of FPL, she said. Another 5,000 children are being denied entry because of a restriction that Rauner opted not to lift, involving children whose parents are in school but not employed, Whelan said. That still leaves more than 32,000 children who, in theory, could be enrolled in the program but arent. The reason for the enrollment gap may be that low-income parents who previously were turned away arent aware of the change, Whelan said. We think there are lots of discouraged parents who arent applying, she said.

Meanwhile, anecdotal reports indicate parents are quitting college or quitting jobs when they cant qualify for subsidized child-care slots, and some children are being left in less-than-safe and less-than-stimulating environments while their parents are working, Whelan said. The child-care industry in Illinois generates $2.6 billion in annual revenues and employs more than 69,000 people full time, she said.

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