Together we are changing children’s outcomes.

CCR&R promotes and facilitates affordable, quality child care through assistance, education and advocacy in Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee counties.

Who is CCR&R

Founded in January, 1991, CCR&R serves Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee counties as part of the Illinois Statewide CCR&R System of IDHS. Started with the United Way of Will County as its fiscal agent, CCR&R is a not for- profit agency providing services to families, child care providers, and employers.

Family Services
Parents seeking child care may call the convenient child care referral toll free number and speak to a child care specialist who will offer comprehensive consumer
education on:

  • Child Care Options
  • Child Development
  • Licensing Regulations
  • Quality Indicators
  • Financial Assistance

Parents receive referrals, NOT RECOMMENDATIONS, to child care providers that may meet their identified needs. CCR&R has over 1,000 different child care providers listed on its database:

  • Infant through School Age Care
  • Center Based
  • Home Based
  • Full/Part Time

Employer Services
Many employers are realizing that providing child care benefits to their employees lowers absenteeism, increases productivity and improves morale while enhancing corporate image. CCR&R assists employers by providing:

  • Enhanced Resource and Referral Services
  • On-site Work and Family Presentations
  • Ongoing Support

Provider Services
Providing child care is both challenging and rewarding.  CCR&R is dedicated to supporting child care professionals.  Benefits to providers listed with CCR&R include:

  • Information & resources on starting a Child Care Business
  • Program Referrals
  • Training Opportunities
  • Group Training Packages
  • Technical Assistance
  • Mentor Network
  • Training & Accreditation Scholarships
  • Resource Center Membership
  • Newsletters

CCR&R Membership
For those individuals who are not child care providers but would like to receive the provider services listed, annual membership to CCR&R may be purchased. Membership benefits include use of resource centers, newsletters, training calendars and free workshops.

Financial Assistance

Individuals who are income eligible and are working or enrolled in an approved education/training program are eligible for assistance in their child care payments. CCR&R partners with the Department of Human Services in assisting Illinois families with their financial child care needs.

Board of Directors

Marylin Turner Mallory – President

Brent Townsend – Treasurer

Lori Wilcox – Member

Melissa Burton-Williams – Member


CCR&R Leadership Team

Rita R. Armstrong, B.S., M.P.A – Executive Director 

Kim Michael-Lee – Chief Finance Director

Angela Cavin – Director of Finance

Valerie Varju – CCR&R Director SDA 5

Brigette Henderson – Training Coordinator

Marquita Cox – Vice President of Early Learning Community Partnerships

Rebecca Kroiss – Assistant Director of Early Learning Programs

Georgia Lane – CCAP Administrator

Ezohn Smith – Quality Assurance Director/Data