Child Care Workforce Bonus

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Child Care Workforce Bonus

On Monday, September 13, 2021, the Governor announced a Child Care Workforce Bonus program to recognize the efforts of child care staff who served and continue to serve children and families in person during the pandemic. This bonus is funded by federal stabilization dollars and will be administered through the Illinois Department of Human Services and INCCRRA. 

In Illinois, our child care workers have carried the increased burden of caring for our youngest children throughout the pandemic. We appreciate the hard work and want to recognize those who dedicate their time and commitment to our youngest children. 

Child Care Workforce Bonuses will be available to all staff in:

  • Licensed Child Care Centers
  • Licensed Family Child Care
  • License-exempt Centers who care for children on the Child Care Assistance Program
  • License-exempt Homes who care for children on the Child care Assistance Program

Programs will apply to receive funds for their staff and should expect to receive sufficient funding to administer bonus amounts of approximately $750-$1200 per full-time equivalent staff member. Funding will include a percentage for payroll taxes, and non-teaching staff as well. 

More details about the eligibility and process for which to apply for Child Care Workforce Bonuses will be available in October 2021. We anticipate that programs will be able to apply for this one-time bonus between October 2021 and March 2022. 

Licensed Family Child Care and Licensed Centers
Two things you can do to prepare for the Child Care Workforce Bonus Application:

  1. The application process will be available through the Gateways Registry Director Portal.  If you do not currently have access to the Director Portal request access today!  Simply complete the Access Request Form and upload it as an attachment using the Help Center request form.  It takes 2-3 business days to process an Access Request Form. 
  2. Review and update your staff listing in the Director Portal and encourage your staff to update their Gateways Registry information so award amounts can be as accurate as possible.  It is always good to check and update your staff listing at least once a month.  Remove individuals that no longer work at your program, and make sure the current staff are listed in your portal. See this Help Center article for more information. 

License-Exempt Centers and License-Exempt Homes caring for children on the Child Care Assistance Program:

  1. Complete required Health and Safety Training to care for children on the Child Care Assistance Program.  Details on the required training can be found here. License-exempt centers and license-exempt homes must have completed this training to be eligible to receive Child Care Workforce Bonuses.
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