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Researchers find Illinois child care fared well with state support amid COVID-19 chaos

Northwestern University researchers assessing the response to COVID-19 for child care programs in Illinois have found the state’s efforts to bolster child care access to first responders while stabilizing the market were equitable and largely successful.

Their new report, published Sept. 1, came after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s move to make permanent a pandemic policy that lowered the cost of child care to $1 per month for families living in poverty.