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Note: the information in this article is from April 2020. This program has ended. More information about changes to the IDHS CCAP program can be found on this IDHS memo.

Illinois will pick up all but $1 of the tab for essential workers who place their children in state-licensed child care centers or homes.

Applications can be found on the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) Emergency Child Care website [this site is password protected]. Parents who have eligibility questions can contact their Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R). The state also has a dedicated help line to connect first responders and emergency workers with child care. The number is 1-888-228-1146. 

This support is being offered through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Prioritized Essential Workers include those working in health care, human services, essential government services (e.g. corrections, law enforcement, fire department), and essential infrastructure.

Governor Pritzker also announced on Sunday that the state will increase reimbursement rates by 30% for centers and homes operating under emergency waivers during the coronavirus pandemic.