Learn About CCR&R

Learn About CCR&R

As one of sixteen Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) centers in Illinois, SAL Child Care Connection focuses on finding child care that is tailored to meet the needs of each family, helping families determine if they qualify for help to pay for child care, providing training for those who work with children, recruiting additional child care providers, and providing relevant consultations in child care programs within the nine counties we serve. Those counties are:

  • Bureau
  • Fulton
  • LaSalle
  • Marshall
  • Peoria
  • Putnam
  • Stark
  • Tazewell
  • Woodford

Mission Statement

Child Care Connection is committed to strengthening and supporting the child care system so that families have access to affordable, quality early care and education.

We actively respond to community needs for affordable and accessible quality child care by providing resources, education, and advocacy for children, parents, child care providers, and employers.

Our Values

At SAL Child Care Connections, we value

  • Children, families, and child care professionals
  • Developmentally appropriate early childhood practices
  • Supporting families by respecting diversity
  • A quality work and learning environment for parents and teachers
  • Collaboration with early childhood stakeholders and community partners
  • Continued professional development that enables all staff to stay current with early childhood trends
  • Parent choice in choosing child care

Our Services

SAL Child Care Connection has two main divisions of services.


For Providers

Licensed and license-exempt child care centers and family child care providers can access a variety of free and low-cost resources through our office for support. We offer free support from our quality team, year-round training sessions and workshops, technical assistance, start-up information for providers looking to provide child care, and on-site resources that will help you offer the best care possible to the families you serve.

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For Families

Families can contact us for help finding an early care and education program to meet their needs and learn about what questions to ask to ensure their child learns and grows in a quality care setting. By contacting our office, families can receive personalized referrals based on program, location, rates, or specific family needs, and talk with a specialist to determine if your family qualifies for payment assistance through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

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