Child Care Assistance Program
As a child care provider, your participation in the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) opens the door to quality, affordable child care for working families.
The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), assists low-income working families with paying for child care services.
Any legally operating child care provider or program (this includes licensed and license-exempt family child care homes and center based programs) may choose to accept reimbursement payments from the CCAP for child care services provided. By accepting CCAP payments you allow more children and families to have access to your services.
Changes to CCAP Policies
Back payment notification
The State of Illinois and SEIU, the union representing CCAP home child care providers, recently reached an agreement on implementation of a 4.26% increase in the child care payment rates for home child care providers. Pursuant to the agreement between the State and SEIU, the new rates are now in effect for all services provided beginning April 1, 2019 and going forward. CCAP home child care providers who provided services between July 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 will also receive backpay for the 4.26% rate increase for those services. Open PDF
Important IDHS Policy Change: License-Exempt Child Care Centers MUST register with DCFS
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) requires license-exempt child care centers to get written verification of license-exemption from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). You should have received a letter from IDHS informing you about this change in September 2017.
Once you have received an Exemption Confirmation:
- Write your 15 digit provider ID number on the copy of the DCFS Exemption Confirmation letter you send to Illinois Action for Children. (If you don’t do this, your payments may be delayed. We need your provider ID number to locate your program in the State’s system.)
- Visit https://www.actforchildren.org/contact-or-visit-us/ for our address, fax number, and Walk-In locations.
CCAP Attendance Sheet Policy Update 8/15/16
Attention Child Care Providers! Please see the update on child care billing policy from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Child Care Payment Updates
Get child care payment updates and check the status of your payment.