Illinois Advances House Bill 4059 to Combat Daycare Provider Shortage

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Kankakee, IL – Kankakee County State Representative Jackie Haas (District 79) has successfully championed House Bill 4059, which recently passed the Illinois House unanimously. 

The legislation aims to tackle the severe shortage of licensed daycare providers in Illinois. Under the new law, which is set to take effect on January 1, 2025, the Department of Children and Family Services or any subsequent state agency tasked with daycare licensing will host biannual orientation programs in each representative district, ensuring broader access to these essential services statewide. 

The effort aims to streamline the licensing process, potentially increasing the number of qualified daycare centers available. For the average resident, this means improved access to reliable and certified daycare options, contributing to community stability and supporting working families.

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