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.
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IDHS Billing Update for December 2020-February 2021 Certificates
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will pay Child Care Assistance Program providers based upon enrollment, rather than attendance, for the months of December 2020, January 2021, and February 2021. Read the Governor's announcement.
Child care centers and licensed child care homes need to complete and sign the COVID-19 Attendance Exemption form and attach the form to EVERY certificate submitted to be paid based on attendance.
Governor Pritzker Announces Reduced Co-Pays of $1.25 for Parents in Illinois' Child Care Assistance Program
Following the recent launch of a new initiative to direct additional funds to support child care providers in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Governor JB Pritzker today (December 30, 2020) announced parents in the program will pay a maximum of $1.25 in monthly co-pays. Support for eligible families includes paying for all eligible days of child care regardless of the child's attendance. These changes are effective for January and February.
Three Month Eligibility Extensions for Cases Ending 12/31/20, 1/31/21 and 2/28/21
The Illinois Department of Human Services is in the process of automatically extending eligibility for Child Care Assistance Program cases with eligibility periods ending on 12/31/20, 1/31/21, and 2/28/21. The auto-extension will provide qualifying cases with an additional three months of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families whose eligibility periods end on these dates do not need to submit a redetermination to have their eligibility extended. If a family's eligibility ends on any date besides 12/31/20, 1/31/21, or 2/28/21 a family MUST submit their redetermination so we can determine the family's child care eligibility.
Due to COVID-19, Illinois Action for Children's offices are currently closed. Visit our COVID-19 site for more information.
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For any questions about your Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) case, please call 312-823-1100 or schedule a consultation appointment.
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