COVID-19 Updates

Up-to-date Information regarding COVID-19 and Illinois child care can be found by clicking this banner or under the current events heading below on the home page.

Up-to-date Information regarding COVID-19 and Illinois child care can be found by clicking this banner or under the current events heading below on the home page

Up-to-date Information regarding COVID-19 and Illinois child care can be found by clicking this banner or under the current events heading below on the home page.

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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.


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NEW 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.

NEW 8/18/20 Check out the new CCAP brochure here!

NEW 8/7/20

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.

NEW 7/31/20

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.

NEW 7/24/2020

Due to a system issue, July certificates will have the old provider rates listed, not the July 1, 2020 rates.  The system is now updated with the new maximum rates for all providers.  The July 1 rates should be used for July payments; please feel free to correct the rates on the certificates when submitting them for payment.

According to IDHS, the new rate chart should be inserted to July certificates along with a rate certification form.  Please submit a completed rate certification form to us in order to ensure you receive the correct rate.

NEW 7/16/20 – IDHS Releases new CCAP Maximum Daily Rates for Providers Effective 7/1/20

NEW 7/14/20

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) Final Application 
The United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, in collaboration with the Office of Governor JB Pritzker, have established the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund to raise funds from individual, corporate, and foundation donors to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families, and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications for the final round of funding of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund are now available. If your organization would like to apply for funding as part of the final application process, please download the overview and eligibility requirement documents and the FAQ document for details, and then complete the application here.
All application materials can be found on the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund website in both English and Spanish. 
Applicants will be required to meet all listed eligibility requirements to be considered for funding. The application will close on July 24, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT.

NEW 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 and click on the Restoration Grants tab.

NEW 6/29/20 Please remember to submit your exemption form with your June certificates. This will help ensure you receive payment for all eligible days.

Thank you for your commitment to social distancing and stopping the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to meeting your needs, but ensuring the health and well-being of the community is a top priority.
Phone: (800) 362-7257 FAX: (618) 244-2210


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

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