COVID-19 Resources for Child Care Providers
(2/26/2021) On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced that IDHS would provide relief to clients and providers during the winter months. This relief came at a pivotal time in State and US history. It was the Governor’s hope that the below initiatives would assist childcare providers and families participating in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in staying safe and abreast of personal care needs.
Effective March 1, 2021 client copays will revert to the original copayment amount and providers will be reimbursed based on attended days.
Attendance Exemption Policy and Form
(2/26/2021) Beginning March 1, 2021 CCAP child care providers should revert to the use of Form IL444-4338 Attendance Exemption Request (http://www.dhs.state.il.us/onenetlibrary/12/documents/Forms/IL444-4338.pdf) as providers will again be reimbursed for the days children attend vs the days they are approved/eligible for.
Attendance Exemption request will need to be sent to DHS.CCAP.Policy for approval and returned before sending in certificates.
Return to School (School Age Children)
11/6/2020: Schools reopened with modified schedules that include in-person, remote, and hybrid learning models. To accommodate the needs of working parents, CCAP will pay a full-time day for school-age children if you are working or going to school five (5) or more hours during the day and your child is in the provider’s care during that time through June 30, 2021. This includes time that the child is participating in their school’s distance learning activities while in the provider’s care. CCAP will not pay any additional fees to the provider for assisting with school activities, or any other fees beyond the approved daily rate for care. Parents should notify their provider and the CCR&R of any changes in their child‘s care arrangement due to school schedules. We will review data during October to determine if adjustments to this process are needed.
80% Attendance Rule
11/6/2020: The 80% payment rule was revised to 50% effective July 1, 2020. Licensed and license-exempt centers and licensed home providers were paid for all approved days of care if children attend at least 50% of the days. The 50% Rule has been extended through June 30, 2021. Providers may request a waiver through the Illinois Department of Human Services if attendance falls below 50% or if the program is forced to close due to COVID related reasons. More information on requesting an attendance exemption can be found in the IDHS CCAP Policy Manual.
Changes reviewed in the above memo include:
- Income Eligibility/Co-Payments
- Priority Essential Workers
- 90-Day Grace Period
- Parent Signatures on Certificates
- Enrollment Attendance & Payment Policies
- Child Care Restoration Grants
Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development Website: Up to date information from OECD regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, news, and updates from state agencies.