Days after describing the impacts of Gov. Bruce Rauner's cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program as "devastating," the state's child care administrator has been moved to another position by the administration.
In a Monday letter sent to her colleagues, longtime state child care administrator Linda Saterfield, who was the associate director of the Office of Early Childhood, said she had been reassigned to another position in the state's Human Services Department. Her reassignment comes after she told a bipartisan committee last week that the governor's CCAP changes would be "devastating" for families cut off from the program.
The Rauner administration's CCAP changes took effect July 1, when the state entered the new fiscal year without a budget in place. As part of the changes, monthly parent co-pays increased and eligibility requirements for new applicants were revised.
Saterfield also told lawmakers there was a "possibility" that those who lose access to the program would have to quit their jobs to take care of their children.
A spokeswoman for the Human Services Department told the Chicago Tribune that Saterfield's reassignment, which is not a demotion, had nothing to do with her comments, but rather "internal personnel reasons."