A new program with Illinois Central College and Child Care Connection has launched to assist faculty, staff and student parents and guardians in finding child care, learning about child care options, navigating the Child Care Assistance Program and choosing quality child care in the community.

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CCAP Certificates

Child Care Providers may submit their Child Care Assistance Program certificates to our drop box at 3425 N. Dries Lane Peoria, by fax 1-309-686-3850 or by USPS mail Attention: CCAP 3425 N. Dries Lane, Peoria, Il 61604. Parent signatures are not required as the current statewide shelter in place order does not allow.

As a Precautionary Public Safety Measure, All Walk-In Services, In Person trainings and meetings and the Resource Room and Lending Library Services   Are Discontinued Until Further Notice

Child Care Connection and the Illinois Department of Human Services are closely monitoring news and information from national and local agencies about COVID-19 and will make adjustments to our services accordingly.  In order to better serve our clients and providers using CCAP during the Illinois Stay At Home order, CCAP Documents can be:
1.  Emailed to:
Emails must include the full name of the client or the full name of the provider and a contact phone number for the sender. Email is used for receipt of information only and does not confirm that what you have sent meets your CCAP case requirements or deadlines for eligibility. If you have questions about your CCAP Case, call SAL Child Care Connection at 309-686-3750 option 2.

2.  Faxed to: 309-686-3850

3.  Sent or Dropped off in the Drop Box: 3425 N. Dries Lane, Peoria IL 61604  Documents received between 4 pm and 8 am Monday – Friday or on the weekend or a holiday, will be date stamped the following business day.


Support for Referrals, Health and Safety Monitoring of License Exempt Programs, Professional Development, Training, Grants and Credentials and all other services and questions:   309-686-3750 or 1-800-421-4371

Update:  Duplicate Payment

7/20/2021:  Duplicate Payment Notice to Providers

7/1/2021:  Health & Safety Training Requirements for License-Exempt Centers

7/1/2021:  Health & Safety Training Requirements for License-Exempt Non-Relative Home Providers

7/1/2021:  Child Care Assistance Program Updates for Providers and Families

6/25/2021:  Child Care Connection is sponsoring a Drive Thru Mask Pick Up on Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm for all child care programs (licensed and license-exempt, homes and centers) in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Stark, Marshall, Putnam, Bureau, LaSalle and Fulton counties to pick up free adult masks.  Masks were donated by IEMA for distribution to child care programs.  Complete this request form or complete one onsite if you are delivering your child care assistance program certificate on July 1st. *Child Care Programs in LaSalle, Bureau and Fulton counties can call for a delivery option* For More Information contact: Stephanie Clark, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator  309-686-3750 x2140 or email

5/26/2021:  License -Exempt Provider Training Requirements

12/23/2020:  Expanded Assistance for Illinois Child Care Providers:  Administration to Cover Eligible Days of CCAP Payments December-February

10/19/2020:  Policy Guide & Updated Child Care Guidance

7/24/2020:  Changes to Child Care Assistance Program