West Central Child Care Connection is a resource and referral agency dedicated to supporting children, families and the child care community by promoting options in accessibility, affordability and quality care.

We hope you enjoy the information and resources we offer on our website. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Provider Payment Update

IDHS will continue to pay child care certificates submitted in January in the normal time frames because money was appropriated to do so through the end of January.  Without additional supplemental revenues provided by the Illinois tax system, IDHS will only have federal funds to use beginning in February.  That money will not cover all the bills.  They will continue to pay child care certificates each month until the money runs out and will hold all remaining certificates until they can draw down the next month’s federal funds.  They approve payments in the order they are received and will continue to do that until further action is taken to relieve the situation.  This means there will be payment delays.  The budget office for Child Care and Development is working with the Governor’s office of Management and Budget on this issue.


Visit the IDHS website for payment updates.


Helping Parents with:

  • Child care referrals
  • Information on evaluating quality child care
  • Resources on various parenting issues
  • Assistance in paying for child care (for income  eligible families)

Offering Child Care Providers:

  • Access to valuable training
  • Support services for new or established programs
  • Access to funding opportunities
  • Lending library resources


…is concerned about the ratio of supply to demand for child care and works with parents, child care providers, businesses, and community organizations to help increase the availability of quality child care services and resources in nine counties in West Central Illinois.  These counties include:

  • Adams
  • Brown
  • Calhoun
  • Cass
  • Greene
  • Hancock
  • Jersey
  • Pike
  • Schuyler