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Child Care Resource and Referral Network

Home Parent Services Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)



All CCAP Providers Must Complete Health, Safety and Child Development Training by September 2017.  Click here to be directed to our Training page that has more information.


Due to significant projected FY16 funding shortfalls, the Illinois Department of Human Services is reducing Child Care Assistance Program benefits to ensure the continued sustainability of CCAP despite the limited available financial resources projected for FY16.  For more information please click here.


Applications for the Child Care Assistance Program are now available online, the application can be filled out and submitted directly to our new Child Care Case Management System at The first date you can submit online applications is Tuesday, January 14, 2014. You can also email applications and supporting documentation on January 14, 2014 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , the documents must be in PDF, TIFF or JPEG format or it will not be accepted. All forms will now have a barcode at the bottom, the barcode is associated to the client's case. The Request For Additional Information has a barcode at the bottom and will need to be turned in with the requested information. Clients and Providers can also request to receive all of their notices (Approvals, Requests, Cancellations, Denials, etc) by email. Clients and providers must fill out this form, and submit to our office before the emails will start going out. The Spanish version is


The CCRRN administers the Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program. Listed below are the current program facts:

Families can get help paying for child care services if a child (children) is under age 13.

Parent(s) can choose the child care provider who best fits their individual needs.

All parents are required to share in the cost of child care for their children.  Parents MUST make a payment, called the Parent Co-Payment to their child care provider each week or once a month.  The amount of the parent co-payment is based on gross monthly income, family size and number of children receiving child care.  The Department will pay your provider directly for the REMAINING child care charges up to the maximum rate.  The Department will not pay for any child care charges over the maximum rate.

Families who are eligible and have been approved for child care benefits, eligibility will be redetermined every six months. Eligibility may be redetermined sooner if there is a change in income, family size or at The Department's discretion.

A family is considered income eligible when the combined gross monthly income of all family members is at or below the amounts listed below for the corresponding family size.  In two-parent families, both incomes must be combined to determine eligibility.  Two-parent families include those with 2 or more adults living in the home, such as the applicant and his or her spouse or parents of a common child in the home

Income Categories to be Eligible for Child Care Assistance Payments (162% of Federal Poverty Level) (July 2016):

Family Size    Gross Monthly Income              REDE (185% 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
9                       $ 6,082                                        $ 6,946
10                     $ 6,644                                        $ 7,587


The above income guidelines will be indexed annually so that the thresholds are no less than 162% of the federal poverty level for each family size.

Documentation must be secured for all income and maintained in the family eligibility file prior to approval for child care payments.

Parents are responsible for providing income verification and all other information required by the Department in order to determine eligibility for child care services.


Other Information, Forms and Links:

What Parents Should Know

What Providers Should Know

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