Sponsored by a grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation, the Shared Services Alliance was formed by CCR&R to improve efficiency and allow for more attention to be centered around the children in care.

Benefits from the Alliance result from economies of scale (which can reduce some costs) and economies of specialization, when educators can focus on what they do best and love most.

Collaboration is at the heart of the Shared Services Alliance. This model seeks to build on the best aspects of collaboration among the member centers, including: vendors (to improve both service and price), training, tech support and information exchange.

Another benefit of the Alliance is marketing support, allowing Alliance members to utilize a consultant to develop and implement marketing strategies to help boost enrollment efforts that would not be financially realistic for individual centers.

Created in early 2016, the Alliance currently includes three founding members: Educare in Joliet, Grace’s Place (centers in Plainfield and Plano), and the Spanish Community Center in Joliet.

If you are interested in learning more about the Shared Services Alliance and how you can become a member, please contact CCR&R’s Chief Restructuring Officer, Rita Armstrong at, or one of the Alliance members listed under Family Services.



3171 T Hickey Avenue, Joliet, IL 60435
Phone: (815) 436-4024
Owner/Director: Stephanie Collom

Grace’s Place

Plainfield Center
14722 Naperville Road, Plainfield, IL 60544
Phone: (815) 577-6263

Plano Center

200 Mitchell Drive, Plano, IL 60545

Phone: (630) 552-7878
Owner: Margaret Keough
Director: Laney Keough

Sandbox of Homer Glen

12030 W. 159th Street, Homer Glen, IL 60491
Phone: (708) 301-2311
Dawn Soukup


Spanish Community Center

309 N Eastern Avenue, Joliet, IL 60435
Phone: (815) 727-3683
Executive Director:
Veronica Gloria
Child Care Director: Maria Gudy


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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