The YWCA administers the IDHS Child Care Assistance Program to help income-eligible parents pay for child care while they work or go to school.

A family is considered income-eligible when the combined gross monthly income of all family members is at or below the amounts listed below for the corresponding family size. In two-parent families, both incomes must be combined to determine eligibility. Two-parent families include those with 2 or more adults living in the home, such as the applicant and his or her spouse or parents of a common child in the home.

Maximum Monthly Income
(200% FPL)
Annual Income
FAMILY SIZE 2 $2,930 $35,160
FAMILY SIZE 3 $3,660 $43,920
FAMILY SIZE 4 $4,417 $53,004
FAMILY SIZE 5 $5,173 $62,076
FAMILY SIZE 6 $5,860 $70,320
FAMILY SIZE 7 $6,607 $79,284
FAMILY SIZE 8 $7,354 $88,248
FAMILY SIZE 9 $8,100 $97,200
FAMILY SIZE 10 $8,847 $106,164

To qualify for the Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance program:

  • Use the Eligibility Calculator to see if you are eligible for child care assistance.
  • Find a child care provider who will be willing to accept the child care assistance funding. If you would like a list of providers in your area please call us at (630)790-6600. When you call, follow the prompts and select Early Childhood Services (Option 3). There will be additional prompts for providers (Option 1) and clients (Option 2).
  • Submit a completed Application for Child Care Assistance to our office.
  • Allow 10 business days from the day of receipt for your application to be reviewed.

Where:

DuPage, Kane, and Lake counties

Who’s Eligible:

Parents must be engaged in a qualifying activity such as work and or school or approved TANF activity.

Costs:

Free

Additional Information:

Contact:

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Child Care Assistance Program serves Parents and Providers in the counties of DuPage, Kane and Lake. Our office hours and phone lines open Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm and Friday 8am-1:30pm.

There are three ways to reach our staff:

  • Addison: 630-790-6600
  • Lake County: 847-662-4247
  • Toll Free: 844-221-2227(CCAP)

Parents and Providers may submit documents in a PDF format to our email address at CCAP@ywcachicago.org or by fax. For DuPage and Kane counties, the fax number is 630-629-7801 and for Lake County the fax number is 847-855-0304.