CCR&R promotes and facilitates affordable, quality child care through assistance, education and advocacy in Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee counties.

Who is CCR&R

Founded in January, 1991, CCR&R serves Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee counties as part of the Illinois Statewide CCR&R System of IDHS. Started with the United Way of Will County as its fiscal agent, CCR&R is a nonprofit agency providing services to families, child care providers, and employers.

Family Services
Parents seeking child care may call the convenient child care referral toll free number and speak to a child care specialist who will offer comprehensive consumer

education on:

  • – Child Care Options
  • – Child Development
  • – Licensing Regulations
  • – Quality Indicators
  • – Financial Assistance

Parents receive referrals, NOT RECOMMENDATIONS, to child care providers that may meet their identified needs. CCR&R has over 1,000 different child care providers listed on its database:

  • – Infant through School Age Care
  • – Center Based
  • – Home Based
  • – Full/Part Time

Employer Services
Many employers are realizing that providing child care benefits to their employees lowers absenteeism, increases productivity and improves morale while enhancing corporate image. CCR&R assists employers by providing:

  • – Enhanced Resource and Referral Services
  • – On-site Work and Family Presentations
  • – Ongoing Support

Provider Services
Providing child care is both challenging and rewarding.  CCR&R is dedicated to supporting child care professionals.  Benefits to providers listed with CCR&R include:

  • – Information & resources on starting a Child Care Business
  • – Program Referrals
  • – Training Opportunities
  • – Group Training Packages
  • – Technical Assistance
  • – Mentor Network
  • – Training & Accreditation Scholarships
  • – Resource Center Membership
  • – Newsletters

Financial Assistance
Individuals who are income eligible and are working or enrolled in an approved education/training program are eligible for assistance in their child care payments. CCR&R partners with the Department of Human Services in assisting Illinois families with their financial child care needs.


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 assistance@childcarehelp.com

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

Events/Trainings Calendar
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*All sessions require pre-registration.

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