Updated FAQs (May 11th) for Families from the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/OECD/Documents/FAQ%20for%20Families_Final.pdf
COVID-19 Priorities Essential Workers Child Care Application--PEW Applications will be extended through May 30th.
During the declared COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the children of Prioritized Essential Workers are eligible to receive child care through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Prioritized Essential Workers include those working in Health Care, Human Services, essential Government services (e.g. Corrections, law enforcement, fire department), and essential Infrastructure.
IDHS is offering child care assistance as a support to the priority essential workers that do not have the option to work remotely. This service should be treated as an option of last resort. If at all possible, it is best for your children to remain at home and practice social distancing during the COVID pandemic.
If you have any questions about your work status, email GOV.OECD@illinois.gov or go to https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21288
To download a Prioritized Essential Worker Child Care Application click the link /Portals/12/Covid/COVID-19-Child-Care-Application-4-3-2020.pdf?ver=2020-04-06-093649-163
Finding Emergency Child Care
For assistance in finding an emergency child care program please call our toll free hotline at 1-888-228-1146 or visit https://emergencycare.inccrra.org/
As always, our Referral Specialist is always here to assist you in determining your child care needs and can answer any questions you may have on finding quality care that meets your family’s needs For additional information or resources please call 815-741-1163 Ext. 227.
Existing CCAP Cases
- All current CCAP eligibility approvals that end in March, April, and May will automatically be renewed for 6 months. All information will stay the same. However, if you would like to update your case, please request a Change of Information form. At this time IDHS will not be sending out new approval letters for the automatic redeterminations.
- All current CCAP family copays have been lowered to $1.00 for the months of April and May.
- We understand that at this time your normal child care provider may not be available for care. If you are an essential worker, please contact us to add an additional provider during this temporary “shelter in place” mandate.
For a Family Toolkit and Educational resources: Resources for Programs and Families During COVID-19
For more information about the Coronavirus please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response website at coronavirus.illinois.gov
If you have questions about child care-related responses to COVID-19, email: GOV.OECD@illinois.gov or visit https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/OECD/Pages/COVID-19.aspx