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Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee Counties.....Learn more

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Child Care Referrals:
Phone hours are 9am – 3pm  
Monday through Friday

In Joliet

Outside Joliet

Financial Assistance:
Phone hours are 8:30am-4:30pm 
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
Tuesday 8:30am-11:30am
Thursday 1:30pm-4:30pm

In Joliet

Outside Joliet

Fax: 815-741-1170 or 815-714-7590

Walk-in hours are Monday through
Thursday 8:30am – 4:30pm 
Friday by appointment only


Child Care Resource & Referral serves as part of the Illinois Statewide CCR&R System of IDHS. Child Care Resource & Referral promotes and facilitates the availability of affordable, quality child care through assistance, education and advocacy in Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee Counties.

Please see the Financial Assistance page for current State of Illinois Child Care Assistance guidelines.

Some of you may have already heard the news...SB2042 HAM#3 has been signed into law.

This act includes several federal appropriations to support IDHS programs, and will allow for center and home providers to begin receiving payments. But the fight is not over! Please continue to contact your legislators and the Governor; tell them: 

1) Stop the cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program that started July 1st.

2) Find revenue to protect human services and pass a fair budget that protects children and families!

*CALL NOW: Springfield number: 217 782-0244; Chicago number: 312-814-2121*

What this means for our families and providers...

1) Child Care Resource & Referral will begin restoring our walk in hours effective Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

To view the remainder of this notice, visit our Advocacy page, or download the notice here.  

Payment Update Information from IDHS

Center payments waiting for approval SHOULD be approved by DHS, on 8/28. Approval of home provider payments SHOULD start to be approved again early next week, 8/31 or 9/1.  For home providers, the approvals next week will also include payments waiting approval  for service months of older months (May ’15, June ’15, etc...). Providers can view the approval of their payments the day after the approval occurred at: 

To view instructions on how to view payment approvals, visit our Advocacy page, or download the notice here.

Having trouble receiving forms? view or print the notice regarding forms here or visit our Advocacy page.

ATTENTION PROVIDERS: DHS now has a phone number that gives payment updates. The phone number is (217) 524-9041.

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Child Care Resource & Referral
801 North Larkin Avenue Suite 202
Joliet, IL 60435
In Joliet:(815)741-1163 -or- TTY (815)741-1692
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