For Providers & Educators

Find funding, training, and support for early childhood providers and educators in Chicago and across the state of Illinois.

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Access Resources, Training, and Funding in Illinois.

Early childhood providers and educators need access to training, funding, and resources in order to grow, thrive, and succeed. Find professional support and assistance suited to your needs. We are committed to supporting you and Illinois’ providers and educators in accessing support and resources.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

CCAP Support and Resources

Families you serve may be eligible for child care assistance in Illinois. Help parents and guardians navigate the Child Care Assistance Program.

Discover support and resources to assist families with child care costs and payments. Learn more about eligibility requirements, the application process, and checking payment statuses.

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Important IDHS Information

Need assistance with your CCAP case? Explore our CCAP Provider Help Page.

CCAP Forms

Access CCAP forms online or via phone.

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School Services and Consultations

Consultation Services for Providers & Educators

Illinois Action for Children’s Consultation Services engages early childhood program leaders to provide support to teachers through coaching, mentoring, professional development, training, and technical assistance.

Explore our free consultation services

Quality improvement consultations

Need help navigating Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and ExceleRate Illinois?

Our Quality Specialists work one-on-one with Illinois programs and providers to offer training, consultation, on-site or visual visits, and resources.

Illinois Action for Children’s Quality Specialists are free to you through our partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services

Learn more about Quality Improvement Consultations

Creating a better early childhood and education system in Illinois

At Illinois Action for Children, we do more than provide resources and support to providers and educators. Our research supports the early childhood field, and we use our research to advocate for policies that best serve children, families, and providers.