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 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.
8/31/21 – For Child Care Providers – Quality Improvement Funds applications and Individual Professional Development Applications are now available on the website under the Provider tab!
7/26/21 – Due to a technical issue, a small number of child care providers recently received a duplicate payment from the Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program. This payment may have been received after July 12, 2021. Please check your records to determine if you were affected. If you were affected, please review the details below: IDHS MEMO
7/1/21 – IDHS recently sent out a memo with new information concerning the Child Care Assistance Program. Please take a moment to review these changes. Links to all of the new rates are provided in the memo.
7/1/21 – IDHS has updated health and safety requirements. See those changes here.
6/22/21 – Illinois Cares for Kids website is LIVE! This is the one place parents, grandparents, and caretakers can access all things related to early childhood in Illinois. You can find resources, programs, and assistance for your child based on their age.
Check it out here!!
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4/28/21 – As new developments arise, they will be posted here. Check back here for updated information.
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.
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