Funding Quality Improvement
Quality Child Care provides a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for children that meet their physical, educational, social and emotional needs. Illinois Department of Human Services makes various financial incentives and programs of support available to providers to continue their efforts to strive for excellence. To learn more about Funding Quality Improvement, click here.
At CCRS, we are devoted to quality child care. Getting licensed through the Department of Children and Family Services is one way to increase the quality of your child care program. To learn more about Licensing, click here.
CCRS provides an abundance of training opportunities to fulfill our commitment to the development of quality childcare. To learn more about Training opportunities, click here.
CCRS provides child care providers on our database (within the six counties) access to our resource library. Providers can borrow these resources for FREE. To learn more about our Resources, click here.
CCAP (Subsidy) Providers
The subsidy program assists families who are income eligible with child care payments. CCAP (Subsidy) Providers are licensed and non-licensed (license-exempt) child care providers who receive monthly payments from the state for at least one of their child care families.To learn more about CCAP (Subsidy) Providers, click here.
The QRS specialist offers support, training and consultation in understanding the Quality Rating System and can help you earn those extra quality dollars for the quality care you provide. Click here to learn more.
The Child Care Nurse Consultants work with child care providers in centers and in homes to provide support for a safe and healthy environment for children in child care. The Nurse Consultants have many resources available to assist providers in a variety of materials and educational sessions. To learn more Child Care Nurse Consultants, click here.
Mental Health Consultant
This unique, free program offers support, training and consultation to child care providers and teachers to help them recognize, understand and respond to challenging behaviors or social-emotional needs of children ages 0-5. To learn more, click here.
Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC) is a new initiative to improve infant/toddler care and early education. Federal funding for this program is provided through the Illinois Department of Human Services. Please click here to learn all about this FREE program!
Local child care associations are groups of providers who meet on a monthly basis for training and networking opportunities. To locate an association near you, click here.
State and National Links
The following links have information on additional services and resources for families and child care providers. Links to external websites are provided for convenience and information only. CCRS assumes no responsibility for their content. To learn more about State and National Links, click here.
This section was recently added in order to provide providers with current information on topics that may not be covered by the other sections such as emergency preparedness, links to resources, activity ideas, etc. If you have suggestions for material to be added please contact us. To learn more about Provider Resources, click here.