Online Child Care Search

Online Child Care Search

Child Care Resource & Referral programs (CCR&R) now offer a free online child care search. The ExceleRate™ Illinois Child Care Search offers families an easy way to find a list of child care providers in their areas. However, families need to have confidence in their child care arrangements. 

Finding quality, convenient and affordable child care is not an easy job. The options and tips below will help you get started. Take a moment to read these before you start your search.

ExceleRate Illinois

You will find the link to the online search page below. If you have any questions about the ExceleRate™ Illinois Online Child Care Search call (217) 333-3252 option 3 or (800) 325-5516 option 3

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Parent Referrals

Do you have questions about child care settings available? Would you like to discuss child care options in your community? Our Parent Referral Specialist is available to answer your questions and connect you with available child care options that meet your family's unique needs. Contact us at (309) 205-3070 ext. 4012. 

Paying for Child Care

Quality child care can be more affordable with the Child Care Assistance Program through IDHS. Families who meet income eligibility requirements and are working may qualify for financial assistance. If you need help paying for child care, learn more and apply online through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).