Childrens Place Association Press ConferenceCHICAGO — Today, Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20th) joined Senator William Delgado, employees of the Children’s Place Association and children as well as parents to discuss the importance of the services they provide and the need to protect the center’s funding.

“The Children’s Place Association provides specialized preschool to children from low-income families who have HIV/AIDS and a wide range of other medical conditions such as autism and epilepsy,” Martinez said. “The budget fix passed last week restores most of its funding for the current year, but I am still concerned about funding for the upcoming year. There has been a lack of compassion demonstrated by the current and previous administrations that have targeted the Children’s Place Association for cuts.”

From FY 2001 to FY 2015, the grant for the Children’s Place Association has been reduced from $780,000 to $390,000, resulting in fewer families and children receiving services.

“This is the fourth attempt by an Illinois governor to completely eliminate our state grant to fund a preschool for the poorest children, many of whom are ill with HIV/AIDS, autism, spina bifida, Erb’s palsy and other severe medical conditions,” said Children’s Place Association President and C.E.O. Cathy Krieger. “Fortunately, our long-term defenders, such as Senators William Delgado and Iris Martinez have faithfully stood by us and have been successful at restoring funding for our kids and families.”

The Children’s Place Association serves more than 350 children and families across the Chicago region. For some with HIV/AIDS, it is the only resource they have nearby.

In addition to providing preschool services to children with specific medical conditions, the Children’s Place Association also offers supportive housing as well as food, rental and utility assistance to those in need.

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