Governor Pritzker Signs FY2023 Budget
Gov. Pritzker has signed the fiscal year 2023 state budget into law, providing an additional $54.4 million for early childhood education and services (to $598 million) and $300 million to Strengthen and Grow Childcare Grants.
The enacted budget also includes:
- $350 million toward the evidence-based formula for the state's K-12 school districts.
- $598.1 million to the Illinois State Board of Education's Early Childhood Block Grant, a 10% increase from last year.
- An increase of $41 million in funding for Illinois the Department of Human Services (IDHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
- A restoration of $7 million in funding to the IDHS early intervention program.
- Tax breaks and direct checks to families (a one-time payment of $50 per adult, $100 per child, up to three children)
- Back-to-school tax relief for families and teachers for supplies and clothing.
- A one-year suspension of state tax on groceries and a six-month suspension of the state gas tax.
- A $250 million increase for the Department of Children and Family Services to hire additional staff and increase reimbursement rates to outside child welfare agencies that contract with the department.
- $150 million for affordable housing programs through the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
Read more from the early childhood community about the FY23 state budget:
- Increases to Illinois State Budget for Early Childhood (Erikson Institute)
- Illinois FY23 Budget Invests in Early Childhood and Youth Development (Carole Robertson Center)