Data & Research

All requests for data maintained by Child Care Resource Service fall under the guidelines of our Database Policy and should be made in writing using the form below. This policy is designed to allow CCRS to serve parents, providers, employers and the community in the fairest and most efficient manner possible. The database will NOT be made available for commercial use or as a referral tool for use by another agency. CCRS reserves the right to deny any requests for data or statistics. Changes are made to our databases on a daily basis, so current data becomes out of date after one month.

General information

Data from both the Provider and Client databases are reported to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) on a quarterly and annual basis for statewide statistical purposes. Aggregate customer and provider data is disseminated through the CCRS Annual Supply and Demand Needs Assessment Report.

Client database

The CCRS client database includes information on persons seeking child care referrals and is used by CCRS for referral, information and training purposes. Individual data from the client database is confidential and will not be made available for commercial use or for mailing lists.

Provider database

The CCRS provider database includes information on legally operating licensed and license-exempt child care providers and is used for parent referrals and for notification of training opportunities. Specific samples of data may be requested by completing the Data Request Form

Illinois Salary and Staffing Survey

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is required by legislative rule (20 ILCS 505/5.15) to conduct a survey of licensed child care facilities every two years to assess the following:

  • the average wages and salaries and fringe benefit packages paid to caregivers throughout the state, computed on a regional basis;
  • the qualifications of new caregivers hired at child care facilities during the previous two years; and
  • the number of qualified caregivers, as defined by DCFS criteria, attracted to vacant positions

Since 1997 researchers at the Child Care Resource Service in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been contracted by IDHS to conduct the Salary and Staffing Survey.  Since 2007, all licensed child care providers have been invited to participate and the survey has been administered both online and in the form of a mailed paper-and-pencil document.  The findings of this survey provide important data about the compensation, qualifications, and employment patterns of child care providers in Illinois.

Child Care Resource Service Annual Report

Child Care Resource Service’s annual report is comprised of annual data as well as information about how our agency provides assistance in our community. CCRS serves Champaign, Douglas, Iroquois, Macon, Piatt, and Vermilion Counties in East-Central Illinois.

Other local publications

“Child Care Industry’s Economic Impact” by Paul McNamara, Ph.D., M.P.P., Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 2004

“Psychosocial Influences Upon the Workforce and Professional Development Participation of Family Child Care Providers” by Rebecca Anne Swartz, Angela R. Wiley, Natalie A. Koziol & Katherine A. Magerko, Child & Youth Care Forum, April 2016

The Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry in Illinois

The first ever study of its kind below, shows how a $2.12 billion early care and education industry is vital to Illinois’ economy. Released by Illinois Action for Children (IAFC), Chicago Metropolis 2020, Illinois Facilities Fund (IFF), and the National Economic Development and Law Center (NEDLC), the research shows that educating and caring for children under the age of six in Illinois has grown into a job-generating industry with more employees than either the hotel/motel or cellular/wireless industries, and almost as many as amusement, gaming and recreation in Illinois. Economic implications and recommendations for workforce development are discussed. Click the following links to read more.

Kids Count

Kids Count is an outside source for data that gives a state by state breakdown of information collected on national and state-by-state data on key indicators of child well-being.