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Child Care Assistance Program

As families across Illinois continue to get back on their feet amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Human Services is expanding Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) eligibility to help residents get back to work.

Parents who are unemployed and actively seeking employment will be eligible for three months of child care assistance, provided they meet the standard Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) eligibility requirements.  This assistance program begins on Oct. 1, 2021.

If parents become employed or enroll in an education program before the end of the three-month period and meet all other CCAP eligibility requirements, their eligibility will continue for 12 months in total.

Families interested in applying for support through CCAP should contact their local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R) or call (877) 202-4453 toll-free.