Welcome to Project CHILD! Our Mission: Project CHILD is committed to advancing the quality, affordability, and accessibility of child care. Our staff and specialists work to help providers, families, and our community better care for children. We believe that quality child care and education enable children to develop to their fullest potential.
NEW – 1/8/21 Please join the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and our partners at the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for a Town Hall meeting with the early childhood workforce to discuss two important topics:
Vaccine distribution for the early childhood field, and
Funding included in the federal relief bill passed by Congress in December to support child care providers during COVID-19 in 2021.
Early Childhood Workforce Town Hall on Vaccine Distribution and Federal Relief Funding
Friday, January 15, 2021
Click the link to register below:
11:30 am – 12:30 pm English – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4474273865380816142
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Spanish – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7390246871963823118
The Town Hall will be delivered as a webcast hosted by our partners at INCCRRA and is intended for the entire early learning provider community. Due to the large number of people anticipated to join, we will not answer live questions during the webcast. However, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions during the webcast via the chat as well as submit questions prior to the webcast to help inform the presentation.
Please submit your questions by Monday, January 11, 2021, to Katlyn.Halstead@illinois.gov. All questions gathered before and during the webcast will be cataloged and made available in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document also following the webcast. The PowerPoint slides and a recording of the presentation will be made available through multiple websites following the webcast.
This webcast does not qualify for Continuing Education credits (CEUs).
For more information, contact Sessy.Nyman@illinois.gov
To submit questions prior to the webcast, email Katlyn.Halstead@illinois.gov
NEW 12/31/20 Child Care Restoration Grants Announcement –Yesterday, INCCRRA notified all 1,887 eligible licensed child care centers who had received an award in round 1 and round 2 of the CCRG that they will receive a pro-rated grant amount for the month of December. The grant represents approximately 40% of a regular month.
The email was sent on 12/30 and includes the exact grant amount of their award.
Checks will not be mailed until Feb. 2021. This group of awardees only included licensed child care centers. Licensed family child care homes were returned to their full capacity in December and as such were not eligible for the December 30th pro-rated grant award. The same reporting requirements apply and will be due upon receipt of their payment in February.
NEW 12/31/20 Find the updated Child Care Provider rates effective January 1, 2021 here.
NEW 12/31/20 On behalf of Governor JB Pritzker, IDHS/CCAP would like to announce that all CCAP clients will receive a reduced copay assessed at $1.25 during the months of Jan and Feb of 2021. All copays will be reduced automatically, requiring no action from the client. If your copay is less than $1.25, it will remain as such. Read the official announcement here. 12.29.20 IDHS Reduced Childcare Parent Copays
NEW 12/31/20 COVID-19 Attendance Exemption Form for December. Child Care Providers, please complete and return with your certificates.
12/11/20 CCAP Update
IDHS will be providing CCAP families a 3-month extension for all cases ending 12/31/20, 1/31/21 & 2/28/21. There is no action required unless you choose to change providers or have moved outside of Illinois. If you have questions please contact your local CCR&R.
8/28/20 CCAP Policy Update
On August 7, 2020 IDHS issued a temporary policy regarding approving care for school age children. We indicated that if in person learning was available at the child’s school, CCAP families would have to select that option and CCAP would not be approved for that time. Effective immediately, we are rescinding that policy.
In order to best meet the needs of their child(ren), CCAP families may select from the range of learning options offered by their child’s school including remote learning. If the parent’s schedule does not allow them to be home with their child, CCAP will pay for the time the child is in the provider’s care during that time. This includes time that the child is participating in their school’s distance learning activities while in the provider’s care. We will re-evaluate this policy in October to determine if their are enough resources in the budget to continue for an additional period of time.
8/18/20 Check out the new CCAP brochure here!
August 7th- based on official notification from IDHS.
Effective immediately and through the month of October,IDHS is implementing a temporary modification to their policies for the approval of school age care during the school year to help accommodate the hybrid learning plans that are being implemented across the state:
• If in person learning is available at the child’s school, CCAP families must choose that option first. CCAP will not pay for child care during the time in person learning is available at the child’s school.
• If in person learning is not available at the child’s school, CCAP will pay for the child to be with a child care provider during that time.
• Parents will be assessed the full-time copayment if the full-time rate is paid.
• Part time care is less than 5 hours per day and full time care is 5 hours per day or more
• The approval is not automatic and must be based on actual child care need as documented by the school and parent work schedule
DHS will be sending a notice to CCAP parents that they must submit their school age children’s attendance plan to the CCR&R or Site. Once received, eligible days and copayments should be adjusted in CCMS so future certificates and reflect the anticipated schedule.
Providers should adjust certificates based on the child’s attendance on days that in person learning is not available. This would include days that the school is closed or on days that the child is not scheduled for in person learning based on the school’s hybrid rotation plan.
Check out our new drop box outside of our front doors at 327 Potomac Blvd. Now you can drop off your paperwork any time of day. Please be sure to staple all paperwork together or put it in an envelope.
7/8/20 Child Care Restoration Grants
The Governor and the Illinois General Assembly has directed at least $270 million of the state’s Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund to support the economic health of child care providers as our economy reopens in the coming months. As part of CURE, the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program is specifically designed to support businesses who endure lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
We know our state’s recovery relies on the economic survival of our regulated child care system.
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services is charged to develop the grant program for licensed child care. The Child Care Restoration Grants will be administered by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA).
Child Care Restoration Grant Applications will be available the week of July 20 – 24, 2020.
Technical Assistance Webinars will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020, in English and Spanish. Registration information will be shared soon.
For more information about the available grants, please visit www.inccrra.org and click on the Restoration Grants tab.
Project CHILD provides services to the following counties:
- Clay County
- Crawford County
- Edwards County
- Effingham County
- Fayette County
- Jasper County
- Jefferson County
- Lawrence County
- Marion County
- Richland County
- Wabash County
- Wayne County
We provide families
- Child Care Referrals
- Online Child Care Search
- Information on evaluating child care options
- Assistance in paying for child care
- Free child car seat checks
We offer child care providers
- Access to valuable training
- A Quality Consultant Team
- Information regarding Quality Improvement and assistance in obtaining funding to support participating ExceleRate IL programs
- Access to Professional Development and funding opportunities
- Support for the Child Care Assistance Program