Child Care Assistance Program

Project CHILD administers the Illinois Department of Human Service’s (IDHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to families in southern Illinois. This program provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care. This child care allows them to continue working and/or complete their education. All families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, and income.
Online Income Calculator

Online CCAP Brochure

Eligibility Guidelines

To qualify for the program an applicant must be:

  • Illinois resident
  • Recipient of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or a
  • Family with Special Needs child(ren), or a
  • Teen parent enrolled in elementary or high school, or GED classes, or a
  • Working family whose monthly income does not exceed the income guidelines for their family size. (see the following table)

Download a Child Care Application. 

A more complete explanation of CCAP eligibility can be found in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Policy Manual.

Family Size New Applicants
2 $2,903
3 $3,660
4 $4,417
5 $5,173
6 $5,930
7 $6,687