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Updates on CCAP Approval of  Payments for Care for School-Aged Children

Date of Posting: August 7th, 2020

The Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) has provided an update that effective immediately and through the month of October, they are implementing a temporary modification to their policy for the approval of school age care during the
school year to help accommodate the hybrid learning plans that are being implemented across the state:

  • If in person learning is available at the child’s school, CCAP will not pay for child care during the time in person learning is available at the child’s school.
  • If in person learning is not available at the child’s school, CCAP will pay for the child to be with a child care provider during that time.
  • Parents will be assessed the full-time copayment if the full-time rate is paid.
    • Part time care is less than 5 hours per day and full time care is 5 hours per day or more
  • Approvals are not automatic and must be based on actual child care need as documented by the school and parent work schedule.
  • Parents utilizing the Child Care Assistance program for payment of child care must submit their school age children’s
    attendance plan to their Child Care Resource & Referral. Once received, eligible days and copayments will be adjusted to reflect the anticipated schedule.
  • CCAP will pay provider full time days for school age children those days that in person learning is not available if they are in care for 5 or more hours and the client is participating in an approved activity.

Searching for Child Care?

EARLY LEARNING HELPLINE: The statewide network of Illinois Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) has launched a new phone line at 888.228.1146 specifically to help connect families to child care during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Early Learning Helpline is available to call from 9am-3pm, but callers can leave a message 24 hrs/day. This line will *not* answer provider funding questions, CCAP eligibility, or forms questions. It is specifically to connect essential workers to child care.

Or search online!

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