Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Child Care P-EBT

Here are some commonly asked questions about Child Care Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits for Illinois residents:

What is Child Care P-EBT?

  • Child Care Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) provides benefits to eligible children in a SNAP household.

Who is eligible for Child Care P-EBT benefits?

  • A child must meet the following criteria to be eligible for Child Care P-EBT:
    • Must have been under the age of 6 as of 10/01/2020.
    • Must have been a member of a household that received SNAP benefits between the months of October 2020 and June 2021. Only the benefit months where the child is a part of an approved SNAP household will be reviewed for Child Care P-EBT eligibility.
    • Must have lived in an area in Illinois where at least one school qualified for P-EBT benefits. For October through June 2021, the entire State of Illinois meets this qualification.
    • The child did not receive School P-EBT Benefits for the same month.

What if my child turned 6 on 10/01/2020?

  • If your child turned 6 on 10/01/2020, then your child does not qualify for Child Care P-EBT benefits. The child must be under the age of 6 as of 10/01/2020.

Do I need to apply for Child Care P-EBT?

  • No, you do not need to apply for Child Care P-EBT.
  • Benefits will be issued to the household's existing Illinois Link card. If you no longer receive SNAP benefits and need to order a new card, you may do so by calling 1-800-678-5465(LINK) or visiting www.link.Illinois.gov to Manage your LINK account to order a new card. Availability will be based upon your regular SNAP availability date.

When will Child Care P-EBT benefits be issued?

  • Benefits will be available for October 2020 through March 2021 in July 2021. The July availability dates are as follows:
    Regular
    Availability Date
    Child Care P-EBT
    Availability Date
    7/01/2021
    Case Numbers starting 1-4
    7/11/2021
    7/01/2021
    Case Numbers starting 5-9
    7/12/2021
    7/02/2021
    7/03/2021
    7/13/2021
    7/04/2021 7/14/2021
    7/05/2021
    7/06/2021
    7/15/2021
    7/07/2021 7/16/2021
    7/08/2021
    7/09/2021
    7/17/2021
    7/10/2021 7/18/2021
    7/13/2021
    7/17/2021
    7/20/2021
    7/19/2021
  • Benefits for April 2021 through June 2021 will be available in September 2021. The September availability dates are as follows:

    Regular

    Availability Date

    Child Care P-EBT

    Availability Date

    09/01/2021

    Case Numbers starting 1-4

    09/14/2021

    09/01/2021

    Case Numbers starting 5-9

    09/15/2021

    09/02/2021

    09/03/2021

    09/16/2021
    09/04/2021 09/17/2021

    09/05/2021

    09/06/2021

    09/18/2021
    09/07/2021 09/19/2021

    09/08/2021

    09/09/2021

    09/20/2021
    09/10/2021 09/21/2021

    09/13/2021

    09/17/2021

    09/20/2021

    09/22/2021

How much Child Care P-EBT benefits will my child receive?

  • If your child is eligible, the child will receive an average of $109.12 for each eligible month for the months of October 2020 to March 2021. The benefit amount and eligibility will be re-assessed for the months of April, May, and June of 2021.

I am worried about receiving Child Care P-EBT because of my immigration status. Will getting this benefit count in a public charge test?

If my child was under 6 as of 10/01/2020 and enrolled in a public school and received school P-EBT benefits, can they also receive Child Care P-EBT?

  • No. If your child was under the age of 6 as of 10/01/2020 and was enrolled in a participating school and is already receiving school P-EBT benefits, your child is NOT eligible for Child Care P-EBT benefits.

If I am currently receiving SNAP and have a Link Card, can Child Care P-EBT benefits be loaded on the card?

  • Yes. A child's Child Care P-EBT benefits will be loaded onto your household's Illinois Link card, as long as they meet criteria to receive benefits.

I received Child Care P-EBT benefits for my child, but I do not need nor want them. What do I do?

  • If you received Child Care P-EBT benefits, but do not need nor want them, you can contact the contact the FCRC to voluntarily return the benefit

If my child receives Child Care P-EBT, can I still get food pantry benefits?

  • Yes. Your participation in government programs does not affect your ability to get food from the food pantry.

How do I change my address?

  • If you have an existing case for SNAP, Cash or Medical benefits, use ABE Manage My Case (MMC) to report your change of address or call the LINK hotline at 1-800-678-5465.

Do we need to spend the Child Care P-EBT benefits in the month they were issued?

  • No. You do not need to spend your Child Care P-EBT benefit in the month they were issued. However, you must make a purchase in any amount within 274 days (9 months) of the benefit issuance to avoid having benefits expunged from your EBT account due to inactivity.

Can I get Child Care P-EBT benefits if I also receive benefits from the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program?

  • Yes, as long as you meet the Child Care P-EBT eligibility requirements, you can receive WIC and Child Care P-EBT.

I didn't receive SNAP benefits until after October 2020, can I still get Child Care P-EBT for my child?

  • Yes, for any month October 2020 through June 2021 that a child meets the above eligibility criteria, Child-care P-EBT benefits will be issued. You do not have to be eligible for SNAP for the entire period. But you are only eligible to receive Child Care P-EBT benefits for the months your child was approved to receive SNAP.

If I am not receiving SNAP now, can I apply?

  • Yes, if you apply for SNAP benefits and are approved, you may qualify to get Child Care P-EBT Benefits for same months your child is approved to receive SNAP.