Eligibility/How to Apply?

IDHS - CCAP Family Eligibility Guidelines

To qualify for the program an applicant must:

  • Live in Illinois
  • Be employed and/or going to an eligible educational activity (High school, trade school, undergraduate college...)
  • Have children younger than 13 that need care while you are working or going to school
    • Children with documented special needs may be eligible up to the age of 19
  • Have family income below allowable limits (see CCAP income guidelines by family size

A more complete explanation of CCAP eligibility can be found in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Policy Manual

Do I qualify for Child Care Assistance?

Only the CCR&R or Site Provider can calculate the Total Monthly Income that will be used for determining eligibility for the program. Find your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency (CCR&R) or call 1-877-202-4453 (toll free).

Please use the Child Care Assistance Program Eligibility Calculator to get an estimated calculation.

Remember: the provider must decide if they will provide care before the case is approved and how or if to

charge the parent while eligibility is being determined.

How to apply?

There are 2 ways to apply:

If you have any questions about your eligibility or need help navigating this Website, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency (CCR&R) or call 1-877-202-4453 (toll free).

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