4-C Child Care Assistance Program

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  • Children in care are under age 13, and
  • Parents are Illinois residents, and working
  • The family income meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Parents contact 4-C for information and an application.
  • Parents choose a child care program that is best for their child and accepts financial assistance payments.
  • Program Specialists process the application and calculate the

parent’s co-payment.

  • Parents and child care providers are notified of the approval for child care financial assistance.
  • To contact the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) call 815-758-8149 or 800-848-8727 ext. 225 or email

    Health, Safety and Child Development Trainings for All CCAP Providers

    To help ensure the health and safety of children, IDHS is now requiring that providers complete specific health, safety and child development training, have current CPR/First Aid certification, and complete annual training hours.

    Who is required to complete training?

    In Illinois, all center and home-based providers participating in CCAP will have minimum training requirements. In order for current providers to continue receiving CCAP payments, these trainings must be completed by September 30, 2017. After this, annual training requirements will go into effect.

    Please click on the type of child care provider you are to view more information on the requirements you must meet by September 30, 2017.

    The Child Care Assistance Program, funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, helps income-eligible parents and guardians pay for the cost of child care while they are working or attending an approved education or training program.

    To better serve families and providers, the 4-C DeKalb office will remain open until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday

    To better serve families and providers, a CCAP specialist will be in the 4-C McHenry office during the day on Tuesdays from 10:00am – 3:00pm

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