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 11/9/21 – UPDATE: The child care workforce bonus program application has been on hold as we made changes and improvements to the system. The child care workforce bonus application just reopened. The application now includes the following changes:
• Licensed family child care can be paid an additional bonus for up to one assistant listed in the Registry. Use this tip sheet https://www.ilgateways.com/…/2200-workforce-bonus…/file to make sure your staff are listed correctly in the Registry before you apply.
• Licensed family group child care can be paid an additional bonus for up to two assistants listed in the Registry. Use this tip sheet https://www.ilgateways.com/…/2201-workforce-bonus…/file to make sure your staff are listed correctly in the Registry before you apply.
• Part time programs (licensed and license-exempt) can apply for the Child Care Workforce Bonus.
9/14/21 -Gov. Pritzker Announces Nation-Leading Childcare Investments to Support Parents and Providers in COVID-19 Recovery. State to Provide 3 Months of Childcare Assistance for Unemployed Parents Seeking to Reenter the Workforce. Gov. Announces up to $1,000 Bonuses for Eligible Childcare Workers, $300 Million in Relief Funding to be made available for Childcare Providers See the full press release here.
7/31/20 Check out our 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.
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