CCAP Helps Parents
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Children in care are under the age of 13. (Children over the age of 13 may be covered with documentation from a doctor or a court of law stating the child needs supervision); and
Parents or guardians meet income eligibility guidelines; and
Parents are Illinois residents, working or attending an approved education and training program.
Additional Information & Requirements
In a 2 parent household, both parents work or attend education/training.
The time parents work must be documented by pay-stubs or the Wage Verification Form completed by the employer.
Parents attending college working toward a 2 or 4 year degree and maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA have no work requirement or a cumulative GPA above a 2.0 and working 20 hours a week or more.
Parents attending occupational/vocational training have no work requirement for 24 months.
Income eligibility based on gross income (before taxes) and any other income the family receives (child support, SSI payments, pensions, etc).
Parents will pay a monthly a co-payment based on their gross income, family size, number of children in care and whether child care is approved for full-time or part-time.
Grandparents or other family members may qualify for child care benefits without meeting income eligibility or paying a co-payment, if they have Representative Payee (RPY) status from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) local office.
Contact a Child Care Assistance Program Specialist for more information.
To contact the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) call 815-758-8149 or 800-848-8727 ext. 225 or email
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.