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Child Care Referrals:
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Founded in January 1991, Child Care Resource & Referral serves Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee counties as part of the Illinois Statewide CCR&R System of IDHS. CCR&R is a not-for-profit agency providing child care information and services to families, child care providers and employers.

Sharing Services to Make High Quality Child Care Affordable

To address the challenges met by local Early Care and Education Programs, Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) has begun to explore a new business model of shared resources. This initiative is made possible by a generous grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation.

By sharing material and human resources, child care programs can potentially cut costs while improving the quality of educational services to children and their families. CCR&R hopes to develop a model for a Shared Services Alliance for child care programs in Will and Kendall Counties by late 2014. 

On behalf of IDHS, we would like to inform providers of the following information in regards to the federal spending plan: passed on August 20, 2015. 

"As you are aware,, SB2042 HAM#3 has been signed into law (P.A. 99-0409). The act includes several federal appropriations to support IDHS programs.  It is the Department's intention to begin issuing payments as soon as possible.  To that end, IDHS is working closely with the Illinois Office of the Comptroller to establish the new appropriations and the federal contract obligations.  Once the federal contracts obligations are established, IDHS will begin submitting vouchers for payment.  

We appreciate your continued service to our customers and we are working as quickly as we can to get federal vouchers processed and paid."

As a reminder:

Providers can generally view approved payments at:

**For payments for June services and before, adjust the Payment Inquiry Select Criteria from 2016 to 2015.** 

*Go to tab:  FOR PROVIDERS
*Click on:  PAYMENTS
Enter:  SS# or FEIN
Click on:  Submit
-most recent approved payment will be noted at the top of the page.  The CVR column is the approved date.          
PAYMENTS ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER (Some payments taking longer to issue than usual)  

Important Notice to Providers and Families utilizing the Child Care Assistance Program:

Helpful Information Regarding the Child Care Assistance Program

Due to the Illinois Budget Impasse, Child Care Resource & Referral is temporarily suspending  walk in hours effective immediately.

Here is what you can do...

1) Please continue to drop off or mail paperwork. There is a drop box in the parking lot or outside the door of suite 202.

2) All Child Care Assistance paperwork will continue to be processed.

To view the entire notice, please visit our Advocacy page, or download the following:  Walk-in Suspension Notice.pdf

Having trouble receiving forms? view or print a notice here: ccrr forms flyer.pdf

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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