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The Bureau of Child Care and Development is responsible for administrating and reporting on the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) for the State of Illinois. This program is designed to provide low income families access to affordable, quality child care. In turn, it allows families to gain and maintain employment and supports independence from public assistance. CCDF guidelines extend state agencies flexibility in developing child care programs and policies that best fit the needs of families. However, states must promote parent choice, make child care consumer education available, and provide quality supports for the child care workforce.
In Illinois, the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides child care for children ages six weeks through 13 years and for children with special needs who are 13 through 19 years of age. Families must be income eligible and either employed or in approved education/training programs. Teen parents pursuing high school diplomas or equivalent can also receive assistance. Caretaker relatives, known as Representative Payees (RPY), who are employed are eligible to receive child care assistance. CCAP income eligibility levels were based on family size and Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
CCAP has two primary goals:
1. To support qualifying families of low income by providing child care subsidies. This allows parents to maintain employment or further their education, thereby decreasing dependence on public assistance.
2. To allow families access to multiple options for affordable, quality child care, early education, and after school programs that offer children the opportunity to grow, learn and be cared for in safe, nurturing settings that are culturally and developmentally appropriate.
Eligibility Requirements for Child Care Assistance from the State
- Low-income working families
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) clients in education, training or other work-related activities approved by their caseworkers
- Teen parents (under age 20) in elementary or high school, or a GED program
- Low-income families who are in school or training and are not receiving TANF cash assistance. Occupational, vocational training, GED, ABE, ESL and other post-secondary education programs do not have a work requirement for the first 24 months. High school does not have a work requirement.
What does "low income" mean?
Your family's countable income must be below the following guidelines:
Maximum Monthly Income Must Be Below:
|Family Size 2
|Family Size 3
|Family Size 4
|Family Size 5
|Family Size 6
|Family Size 7
|Family Size 8
To determine your countable income, the gross wages (before taxes) paid by an employer are added to your other income (such as any government benefits, child support you receive or self-employment income). Any child support you pay is subtracted from your income.
*Please note that state authorized databases will be used to clarify information submitted to our offices. These databases include, but are not limited to, TANF, Child Support Enforcement, Wage Verification, birth records, Social Security Administration, employment security, and Department of Labor.
· Use the Eligibility Calculator to see if you are eligible for child care assistance.
Contact: Child Care Assistance Program at 847-662-4247