Child Care Restoration Grants 2021
Illinois has been awarded $331 million in financial aid to support child care through the latest federal relief package passed by the US Congress. Unlike the Child Care Restoration Grants (CCRG) in 2020, these funds will flow directly through the Illinois Department of Human Services. We know our state’s recovery relies on the economic survival of our child care system. The continuation of the Child Care Restoration Grants is designed to help sustain child care as the economy continues to reopen.
The CCRG 2021 first round grants were retroactive to January 2021 and covered the months of January, February, and March 2021. CCRG round one grant applications have closed. Checks were mailed to eligible programs on May 5 and May 26, 2021.
CCRG Flyer 2021 Round One
CCRG Flyer 2021 Round One - Spanish
CCRG Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2021 Round One
CCRG Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2021 Round One - Spanish
CCRG 2021 Monthly Reporting
Monthly Reporting has changed since 2020, and we highly encourage you to use the resources listed below to complete monthly reporting. An incorrect monthly report will slow down the approval of your second-round grant payment.
Resources to help complete monthly reporting:
– read through the instructions and complete the worksheet. This will help you prepare to enter information correctly into your monthly reporting within the Director Portal. An incorrect monthly report will slow down the approval of your second-round grant payment.
Round One Monthly Reporting FAQ
– many questions, including allowable expenses are included in this FAQ. Take a moment to read through these questions. Completing your monthly reporting correct is important! An incorrect monthly report will slow down the approval of your second-round grant payment.
- Narrative Quarterly Reporting – Programs are required to complete an online narrative report. This report is not immediately updated in the Director Portal. Please complete the report and then wait a day or two for it to update into the Director Portal.
- Monthly Reporting Video – Watch this video for step by step instructions on how to complete round one monthly reporting in the Director Portal. You will need to enter your name and email address to access the video recording.
CCRG 2021 Round Two Opt-In and New Applications
The Child Care Restoration Grants (CCRG) 2021 are designed to be meaningful financial supports to help the early childhood infrastructure weather the storm brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate you and the work you have done. The CCRG program is funded through federal stabilization dollars, and as those funding packages have changed since the start of the pandemic, we have modified and adjusted the grant program and reporting requirements as needed. Illinois continues to lead the nation in the direct supports provided to the child care workforce and we are proud of the investments we have made during the pandemic.
Round Two Applications are now open!
Applications and opt-ins opened on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, and closed on Friday, June 25, 2021.
Child Care Restoration Grants were available for round two funding to cover expenses in April, May, and June of 2021. Programs that have not applied previously, or those that were found ineligible in past rounds can apply by completing a new application. Programs that are currently receiving CCRG can opt-in.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Licensed Child Care Centers, Licensed Family Child Care Homes and Group Family Child Care Homes
- Must be open and caring for children by June 15, 2021.
- Must be providing full-time care defined as a program that is open and offering at least eight consecutive hours of care per day, five days per week.
- Must have at least 25% of the child care program’s revenue received from private pay tuition, other private funding, and/or IDHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
License-Exempt Child Care Centers and Out of School Time (OST) Providers
- Program must be open and caring for children by June 15, 2021.
- Must be providing full-time care defined as a license exempt program offering care 5 days per week.
- Must have at least 25% of the license exempt program’s revenue received from private pay tuition, other private funding, and/or CCAP funding.
- Government entities are not eligible to apply.
- Both non-profit and for-profit providers are eligible to apply.
How to Apply:
- The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) will administer the CCRG 2021 program in the same way they did for the CCRG 2020.
- INCCRRA will again provide technical assistance through their website and via email throughout the life of the CCRG 2021.
- All applicants will need to sign a
round two attestation
- confirming the information they provide is true and accurate, and they agree to meet the terms and conditions of the grant agreement.
The following items are required to complete a new grant application.
The following items are required to complete an opt-in for round two.
- Complete Monthly Reporting for round one
- Read, sign, and upload a new round two attestation. Pay careful attention as items in the
round two attestation
What to Expect:
- CCRG Counselors will review your application or opt-in for round two funding.
- If items are missing or incorrect counselors will email the grant contact email address that you provided when applying. Programs will have two weeks to provide additional required information or documentation.
- The grant contact will receive an email when application eligibility is determined.
- It could take several weeks after you receive your approved email for a grant check to mail.
- You will also receive an email the day your second-round grant check mails.
Future for CCRG
Round two of the CCRG 2021 program will cover the months April, May, and June 2021. The structure and amounts remain largely unchanged although there will be slight changes to the application and reporting process. As we go forward, however, we will look to refine the CCRG to best address the greatest need that exists in the child care field across the state. We know some programs continue to lag in their revenue when compared to their pre-pandemic budgets. Others, however, are doing well and in fact many providers have returned CCRG funds because they have indeed ‘bounced back’. We are working hard to understand the contributing factors and calibrate future grants accordingly.
The federal reporting for round two grants reflects added requirements stipulated in the federal funding guidance. Some added requirements based on the federal funding you are being asked to report on going forward include:
- Affirm that no involuntary changes are made to staffing salaries or hours during the period covered by the grant.
- Pass on, as best as possible, relief to parents through reduction in tuition, fees, and co-pays in addition to what the state has already done.
In addition to immediate financial aid to providers through subsequent rounds of the CCRG, we are also exploring investments in long-term improvement and changes to strengthen the overall early care and education infrastructure, increase enrollment through recruitment and public education and are considering policy changes to truly ‘build back better’ for families as well as the early childhood workforce. The pandemic has been challenging on so many levels and recovery will also pose challenges. However, we are excited about the opportunity the federal stabilization dollars afford us to address both the short-term crisis and the longer-term need for systems-improvement to our early care and education system.
CCRG 2021 Appeal Process
Appeals due to simply missing the deadline to opt-in will not be reviewed.
Child Care Restoration Grants 2020
The Governor and the Illinois General Assembly in calendar year 2020 directed $270 million of the state’s allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) established through The CARES Act to support the economic health of child care providers as our economy reopened through the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services developed the grant program for licensed child care. The Child Care Restoration Grants were administered by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA). The BIG Program was specifically designed to support businesses who endured lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This funding has been expended and programs that received a Child Care Restoration Grant in 2020 are required to input monthly reporting into the Director Portal.
First Round Grant Application opened on July 24, 2020, and closed on August 31, 2020. Appeals for first round grants closed on September 28, 2020.
Second Round Grant Application opened on October 1, 2020, and closed on October 15, 2020. Appeals for second round grants closed on October 22, 2020.