Child Care Program Quality Improvement Funds

Based on available funding, Child Care Resource & Referral is offering funds to support continued quality improvement for child care programs. Quality Improvement Funds are designed to assist child care programs to improve program quality and achieve/advance an ExceleRate Illinois Circle of Quality. Funds are provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).

The Quality Improvement Funds are divided into three areas:
1.  Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) Cohorts
a.  ExceleRate Illinois (centers) and (family child care)
2.  Training Stipends
3.  Accreditation Assistance
For information, or to apply, please download the application here:



Health & Safety Improvement Funds

Health & Safety Improvement grants are available to Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Licensed Exempt Child Care providers to fund materials and equipment needed to address health and safety needs. Priority will be given to Licensed Exempt providers whose requests are supported by a Health & Safety Monitoring visit. For the purpose of this document, “child care provider” includes family child care and child care centers. This grant is administered by the CCR&R and funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).

For information, or to apply, please download the application here: (Deadline June 15, 2020)
FY20 License Exempt Grant Application

For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact: Valerie Varju, CCR&R Director 815-741-1163 Ext. 267

Applications can be submitted to:

Child Care Resource & Referral
Attention; Valerie Varju
801 N. Larkin Ave., Suite 202
Joliet, IL 60435


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: 
Monday through Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

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 In Joliet
(800) 552-5526 Outside Joliet

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