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Child Care 

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services licenses and sets standards for day care centers, homes, group homes and day care agencies in the state.

Locate a Child Care Program for Your Children

Your local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agency will help you locate a quality child care center for your family.

ExceleRate Illinois

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) works hand-in-hand with local communities throughout Illinois to provide low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care. The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care that allows them to continue working and contributes to the healthy, emotional and social development of the child. Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, income, and number of children in care. Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Eligibility Calculator

ExceleRate Illinois

ExceleRate Illinois is the state’s new, comprehensive quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development programs such as licensed child care centers, Preschool for All and Head Start programs. It will help providers accelerate excellence and prepare Illinois children for success in school and in life. ExceleRate Illinois provides parents with information to choose the best program for their child and more information about their child’s development when s/he enters kindergarten. Communities will have better ways to connect at-risk families to programs they need to give their children a healthy start.

ExceleRate Illinois is unique because it’s centered on whole child development; focused on each type of provider and recognizes quality improvements through Quality Circles.