Board of Directors

Marylin Turner Mallory – President

American Family Insurance

Brent Townsend – Treasurer

DHJJ CPAs & Business Advisor 

Lori Wilcox – Member

City of Chicago Heights

Melissa Burton-Williams – Member

Colorado Technical University—Career Education Corporation


CCR&R Leadership

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

Kim Michael-Lee – Chief Finance Director

Angela Cavin – Director of Finance

Jay Price – Director of Human Resources

Valerie Varju – CCR&R Director SDA 5

Rebecca Kroiss – Assistant Director of Early Learning Programs

Marquita Cox – Vice President of Early Learning Community Partnerships

Ezohn Smith – Quality Assurance Director/Data

Brigette Henderson – Training Coordinator

Georgia Lane – CCAP Coordinator


Associated Partners

Caregiver Connections

Department of Human Services

Illinois Action for Children

Illinois State Board of Education

Joliet Chamber of Commerce

Kankakee Community Foundation

Kankakee Success by Six

Office of Head Start

Reaching Across Illinois Library Systems

United Way of Fox Valley

United Way of Grundy County

United Way of Kankakee County

United Way of Will County


Financial Assistance:

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Phone Hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Monday through Friday

(815) 741-4622 In Joliet
(800) 641-4622 Outside Joliet
Fax: 815-741-1170

Due to COVID-19, our CCAP Lobby is closed to all visitors.  Please call (815) 741-4622 or email us at

Walk-in Hours: 
Walk-in hours have been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Please see the Financial Assistance page for current State of Illinois Child Care Assistance guidelines. 

Payment Updates for Providers
Please call (217) 524-9041


Child Care Referrals
and Community Resource

Phone Hours:
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Monday through Friday

(815) 741-1163 ext. 227 In Joliet
(800) 552-5526 Outside Joliet

Events/Trainings Calendar
Click here to learn about more upcoming trainings and events

*All sessions require pre-registration.

Click here for more information and to register.


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