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.



COVID-19 Resources

Reopening Child Care In Illinois

As of July 1, 2021 IDHS increased the maximum child care payment rates for providers.  Rates effective 7/1/2021
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90-day Grace Period

Families who are no longer employed should report that to the CCR&R or Site Administered provider.  They will be given a 90-day job loss grace period.

Enrollment Attendance and Payment Policies

Effective July 1, a provider must be open and serving children in order to be paid for CCAP services.

• Provider may not bill for more children than they can legally serve under DCFS emergency rules.

• Line out children on the billing certificate that have dropped out or are no longer enrolled due to reduced capacity and list the last day of care or notify your CCR&R to have them removed.

• Only children that are in attendance should be counted as “attended”. Distance learning activities to CCAP children that are not physically in attendance do not count as attended.

• The 80% payment rule is being revised to 70%. Licensed and license-exempt centers and licensed home providers will be paid for all approved days of care if children attend at least 70% of the days.



Child Care Restoration Grants

The Illinois General Assembly has directed at least $270 million of the state’s Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund to support the economic health of child care providers as our economy reopens. The Child Care Restoration Grant Program is designed to support licensed child care programs that lost revenue due to a restriction of their business as a result the COVID-19 public health emergency. Providers can get more information at:  https://www.ilgateways.com/financialopportunities/restoration-grants.


COVID-19 Resources

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