Board of Directors

Marylin Turner-Mallory – CCR&R Board President

Brent Townsend – Board Treasurer

Lori Wilcox – Executive Board Member

Melissa Burton-Williams – Executive Board Member


CCR&R Leadership

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

Daria Sztaba – Deputy Director of Finance

Kim Michael-Lee – Chief Finance Director

Toni Sanford-Brown – Senior Fiscal Analyst

Ezohn Smith – Quality Assurance Director/Data

Sara Organ-Simon – Senior Human Resource Specialist

Valerie Varju – CCR&R Director SDA 5

Brigette Henderson – Assistant Director of SDA 5/Training Coordinator

Georgia Lane – Assistant Director SDA 5/CCAP

Marquita Cox – Director of Early Learning  Programs

Rebecca Kroiss – Assistant Director of Early Learning Programs


Associated Partners

4 Imprint

Accurate Repro

Amita Health – St. Mary’s

Bays Investment Corporation

Bradley Dental

Bradley Public Library

Bradley School District

Bourbonnais Public Library

Bourbonnais School District

Caregiver Connections

Catholic Charities

Child Care Connections

City of Kankakee Mayor’s Office

DCFS – Early Childhood Division

Discount School Supply

Dollar General

First Taste

Hispanic Partnership

Helen Wheeler Center for Mental Health

Illinois Department of Human Services

Illinois State Board of Education

Illinois State Board of Education Homeless Liaison

Illinois State Troopers’ Safe Division

Iron Mountain

Joliet Chamber of Commerce

Joliet Junior College

Kankakee Chamber of Commerce

Kankakee Community College

Kankakee Community Foundation

Kankakee County Health Department

Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene

Kankakee Public Library 

Kankakee School District 111



Lasting Impressions

Lewis University

Lutheran Family Services

MBS Child Care Center

MJP Development

Mike’s More Miles

Monical’s Pizza


National Business Furniture

Office of Head Start

One Hope United Early Learning Center

Pediatricians ABC, McBride, Iskander & Zaheer

People Bank

PNC Bank

Prairie State College

Proven IT

Reaching Across Illinois Library Systems

Riverside Medical Center

Safe Families

Salvation Army

Sammy’s Pizza

Silver Cross Hospital


Success by Six

Tier1 Solutions

United Way of Fox Valley

United Way of Grundy County

United Way of Kankakee County

United Way of Will County

Vier’s Coffee

Walmart of Kankakee

Will County Executive Office

YMCA of Kankakee


Financial Assistance:

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

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

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 Referrals:

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
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