The YWCA administers the IDHS Child Care Assistance Program to helps 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
(185% FPL)
Annual Income
FAMILY SIZE 2 $2,504 $30,048
FAMILY SIZE 3 $3,149 $37,788
FAMILY SIZE 4 $3,793 $45,516
FAMILY SIZE 5 $4,437 $53,244
FAMILY SIZE 6 $5,082 $60,984
FAMILY SIZE 7 $5,726 $68,712
FAMILY SIZE 8 $6,371 $76,452

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 and Kane 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:

For more information, please contact the YWCA Patterson and McDaniel Family Center or call (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).