Families can contact the 4-C Referral Specialists or conduct their own search for referrals online.
- Based on their needs and preferences, families are referred to child care centers, family child care homes, preschools or school age programs.
- Experienced referral specialists conduct a search and provide unbiased referrals to families.
- Information about quality indicators and types of care is provided on the call.
- Referrals can be mailed, emailed or faxed. All families receive materials that will assist them in their child care search.
For referrals in Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties
Call 815-758-8149 or 800-848-8727 ext. 241 Email:
For referrals in McHenry County
Call 815-344-5510 or toll free at 866-347-2277 Email:
The Quality Counts Online Child Care Search allows families to search for child care referrals online at a time that is convenient to them.
Click Here to Begin Your Quality Counts Online Child Care Search
4-C is not a monitoring agency and does not endorse or recommend one provider over another. Referrals from the 4-C referral line or website are not a guarantee of quality. All information provided to 4-C is confidential and is only used for the purpose of referring families to child care programs.