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Child Care Assistance

If you need assistance with child care, please refer to the Child Care Resource & Referral for your area.  They will be able to help you with the application process and finding a center that fits your needs.

Do you know what child care progam is the best for your child? Do you know what is important in selecting a program?

ExceleRate Illinois

As a parent, you have the most influence on your child’s development from infancy to adulthood. And one of the first important decisions you will make is choosing the best early learning setting (sometimes referred to as child care, pre-K or preschool) for your child’s birth to preschool years. 

ExceleRate Illinois helps you find an early learning provider who makes quality a priority

By supporting and recognizing continuous quality improvement in early learning, ExceleRate Illinois provides you with an objective way to make quality a part of your decision making. Ultimately, the system helps you feel confident that your child has the best opportunity to learn and grow.

Calculate Your Child Care Eligibility

At this time, the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is only approving applications for families that meet the criteria for either:

  • Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families;
  • Teen parents enrolled full-time in elementary, high school or GED classes to obtain a high school degree or its equivalent;
  • Families with Special Needs Children;
  • Working families whose monthly income does not exceed 162% of the Federal Poverty Level for the Family Size.

Do you need help finding child care and/or paying for it?  Click below to get assistance with both!

Kane and DuPage Counties -


Child Care Assistance Program

Parent Services

Kendall and Will Counties -

Child Care Resource and Referral of Joliet

Financial Assistance

For Parents