What is the purpose of this service?
DHS' Child Care Assistance Program provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care that allows them to continue working and contributes to the healthy, emotional and social development of the child. Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, income and number of children in care.
Who can receive these services?
In addition to helping low-income, working families, the Child Care Assistance Program also serves:
- Families who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and participating in education & training in accordance with their responsibility and service plans (RSP);
- Teen parents seeking a high school degree or its equivalent; and/or
- Families not receiving TANF, who are pursuing additional education to improve their job opportunities.
Do I qualify for Child Care Assistance?
Please use the Child Care Assistance Program Eligibility Calculator to get an estimated calculation.
Contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral agency if you would like to find quality child care or receive an application to apply for the Child Care Assistance Program.
What services are offered?
The State of Illinois helps income eligible families pay for their child care services while they work, go to school, training and other workrelated activities.
The 16 Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies also perform the following services for parents and/or providers:
How to apply?
To apply submit your completed application to your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) or child care center/home if they have a contract with IDHS to provide child care assistance.
If you have any questions about your eligibility or if you need help completing this form, call your local CCR&R. Find your local CCR&R or call 1-877-202-4453 (toll-free).
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