Child Care Resource & Referral

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies in Illinois work in partnership with parents, business leaders, government officials, and child care providers to make quality child care available to Illinois families. The state of Illinois is broken down into 16 regions called Service Delivery Areas (SDAs). Each SDA has a CCR&R that serves the communities within the SDA. Find your CCR&R.

Each CCR&R offers a core set of services:

For Parents:

  • Consumer education and information on child care options
  • Referrals to child care programs
  • Assistance paying for child care
  • Referral to services for children with special needs
  • Parenting workshops
  • Information on quality indicators

For Providers:

  • Training and technical assistance
  • Resource lending library
  • Listing on the local child care provider referral database
  • Quality Counts Child Care Grants program
  • Funding opportunities for accreditation and professional development
  • Professional recognition

For Communities:

  • Local child care supply and demand reports
  • Options for child care solutions
  • Recruitment of child care providers
  • Health, safety, and literacy materials for growing children

For Employers:

  • Enhanced CCR&R services
  • Parenting workshops
  • Targeted recruitment


Gateways to Opportunity is funded by public and private support including the McCormick Foundation, the Grand Victoria Foundation,    

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