Child Care Resource Service | Illinois

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

Phone Hours
8:30 am- 3:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
11:00 am- 3:00 pm

Help Paying for Child Care

FAQ | Forms

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

New Computer Program. . . read details here!

We have moved to a new computer system in the CCAP program. This will bring about many changes in the way we process your information. It's an electronic case management system. This means that all paperwork will be scanned into the computer program, CCMS, and staff will look at your forms electronically. Forms will now be individually coded for parents and providers so you shouldn't share forms. All forms (except for the application) have to be generated from our office. So, if you need a form, please call 333-3252 or 1-800-325-5516. We appreciate your patience as we move to this new system.

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". These forms are also available in Spanish (Formularios para la ayuda en español).

Eligibility Guidelines Rates (updated 07/01/2015)

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

Income elgibility has changed for new cases. A new case is defined as a request for child care assistance for a family that has not had eligibility within the last 30 days. Families that meet the following guidelines may be eligible:

  • Teen parents enrolled full-time in elementary, high school or GED classes to obtain a high school degree or it's equivalent;
  • Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF);
  • Families with Special Needs children;
  • Working families whose monthly income does not exceed 162% of the most current Federal Poverty Level for their family size (see table below).
  • Families that are not recipients of TANF and that need child care assistance to particpate in education and training.


Family Size New Case
162% FPL
2 $2,163 $2,470
3 $2,722 $3,108
4 $3,281 $3,747
5 $3,840 $4,385
6 $4,399 $5,023
7 $4,959 $5,663
8 $5,521 $6,304


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 business days.
  • 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.