Learn About CCR&R

Learn About Child Care Resource & Referral

The child care resource and referral (CCR&R) is a program of SAL Family and Community Services, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 social service agency. The program is part of a statewide network of child care resource and referral agencies funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), and is a part of the Child Care Aware National Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.

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Our focus is 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. 


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.


For Families

Families can contact the CCR&R for help finding an early care and education program to meet their needs, and can learn about what questions to ask to make sure their child learns and grows in a quality care setting. Families can connect to support services by visiting the CCR&R office. Talk with a Specialist to determine if your family qualifies for help to pay for child care through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and apply online or in person for CCAP.


For Child Care Providers

Licensed and license-exempt child care centers and family child care providers can access a variety of free and low-cost resources through the CCR&R to support their businesses and the families they serve. Trainings required to maintain licensing status or CCAP eligibility with the state of Illinois are available, along with many training sessions and workshops on child development and child care business topics. Providers can consult for free with the Quality Team staff, to get support with the ExceleRate Illinois quality rating system process, enhancing their programs for families, or to answer questions on child development issues. Technical assistance and start up information and sessions are provided to individuals interested in beginning a child care center or family child care home.


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Find Child Care

Learn what quality early care and education looks like, and get personalized referrals based on program, location, rates, or specific family needs.

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Pay for Child Care

Families who are elligible can receive financial assistance to assist with the cost of child care programs through the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

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Provide Child Care

Free support from the Quality Team, year-round training opportunities, and on-site resources will help your child care center or home offer the best care possible to the families you serve.

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