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.

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COVID-19 Resources

During the shelter in place order, parents are not required to sign the child care certificate.  Providers must always sign the certificate, but they can submit them without a parent signature and they will be processed.

Providers who were licensed child care homes prior to March 22, 2020 will continue to get the licensed rate of pay for all CCAP children.  All certificates need to be submitted whether they were open or closed, and whether or not they provided care for all their children.  They should claim actual days care was provided, even if it is 0.  You will need to submit a completed COVID_19 Attendance Exemption Form with your certificates.


As of March 22, 2020, license-exempt homes may provide care for 6 children, including their own age 12 or under.  It was clarified that the total number of children cared for in a 24 hour period may be more than 6 if they are there in shifts with no more than 6 children cared for at a time.


Temporary Attendance Exemption Policy and Form

 The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood wants to hear from the field and is accepting questions about COVID 19 and child care-related concerns.   They will forward the questions to the appropriate place for an answer, and are also monitoring common questions that are raised to better address our highest concerns.

Please send your questions and concerns to their email address:



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