Child Care Resource Service | Illinois

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8:30 am- 4:30 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Help Paying for Child Care

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Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

1-800-325-5516 - Option 2

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services and assists low income parents with child care payments in the six counties of Champaign, Douglas, Macon, Piatt, Iroquois and Vermilion.

Do You Qualify for Help Paying for Child Care?

Parents may receive help in paying for child care if they:

* are income eligible (please see information below.)
* in an approved school program.

For questions please contact us at 1 (800) 325-5516 option 2 and refer to the DHS policy manual.

Requesting Applications

Parents can call the Child Care Resource Service at (800) 325-5516, option 2, to request an application by mail, or fax. You can download and print the application from our website by going to the left side "Quick Links"menu option under "Forms". All forms can be requested by going to the left side of the Announcements menu and selecting Request a CCAP form on-line.  These forms are also available in Spanish (Formularios para la ayuda en español).

Eligibility Guidelines Rates (updated 07/01/2018)

If you would like to use an ONLINE Calculator to see if you MAY qualify for assistance, click the following tab to go directly to the State of IL DHS Calculator.

Online Calculator

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Families that meet the following guidelines may be eligible*:

  1. Teen parents enrolled full-time in elementary, high school or GED classes to obtain a high school degree or it's equivalent;
  2. Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF);
  3. Families with Special Needs children;
  4. Working families whose gross monthly income does not exceed 185% of the most current Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for their family size (see table below).
  5. Families that are not recipients of TANF and that need child care assistance to particpate in education and training.

*Please see DHS policy guidelines for all eligibility requirements.

Family Size 185% FPL
2 $2,538
3 $3,204
4 $3,870
5 $4,536
6 $5,202
7 $5,868

Parent Co-payment Amounts

Parents MUST make a payment, called the Parent Co-Payment, directly to your child care provider each month.

The amount of the parent co-payment is shown on the Approval Notice which should be sent to you within 10-15 business days after all required information is received.

The Department of Human Services will pay your provider directly for the remaining child care costs up to the maximum state rates.

Your provider will tell you when to pay the parent co-payment, each week or once a month.

If you  have more than one provider, only one provider will be assigned to collect the parent co-payment.

The amount of your parent co-payment is based on the gross monthly income (including income such as child support, SSI, or TANF), family size, and number of children receiving child care.

All child care providers receiving child care assistance program payments must complete required health, safety, and child development trainings.