Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families.

Our Early Head Start Partnership Programs provide early learning and family support services to at-risk and income-based families with infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 3 years of age. 


Child Care Resource & Referral Partners with early child care providers in Kankakee County. These partners provide comprehensive Early Head Start services to families seeking to obtain high quality child care. The partnership addresses individual family needs and provides resources that improve the quality of life for its participants. The Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Program provides outside services when needed and connects families to community resources.


Currently Child Care Resource & Referral’s Early Head Start – Partnership Program is enrolling children ages 6 weeks to 3 years of age at multiple locations. For additional information, please call the Early Learning Program Office at (815) 714-7600 ext. 283 or ext. 284.

Early Head Start Qualification

In order to qualify for the Early Head Start Partnership Program, you must provide one document from each of the following sections:

Section 1

  • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate, Hospital Record, Passport, etc.)

Section 2

  • Proof of Family Income (W-2, 1040, current check stubs, etc.)
  • Proof of Public Assistance (TANF or SSI award letter, etc.)
  • Proof of Foster Care (DCFS 906 placement form, court document, etc.)
  • Proof of Family Experiencing Homelessness (Written statement from homeless services provider, school personnel, etc.)

Section 3

  • Child Care Assistance Program Approval Letter or one of the items listed below.
    • Proof of Household Income (Two current consecutive check stubs, employer income verification, etc.)
    • Eligible Educational Activity (School schedule)

Early Head Start Partners

  • Lasting Impressions-Grace

735 Main Street NW

Bourbonnais, IL 60914

(815) 937-3553


  • Lasting Impressions-Station

1237 W. Station Street

Kankakee, IL 60901

(815) 936-1242


  • Mary’s Little Lambs

525 Fair Street

Kankakee, IL 60901

(815) 802-0553


  •  PlayPalz – Bourbonnais                               

115 Mooney Drive Suite 4

Bourbonnais, IL 60914

(815) 929-0101


  • Play Palz –Chebanse

190 Concordia Drive

Chebanse, IL 60922

(815) 697-3800


  • PlayPalz-Downtown

270 N Schuyler

Kankakee, IL 60901

(815) 936-0101


  • Play Palz –Kankakee

201 N. Wall Street

Kankakee, IL 60901

(815) 939-0101


For additional information contact: (815) 714-7600 ext. 283 or ext. 284.

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