Child Care Restoration Grants

 

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.

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Round One – January, February, and March 2021

  • Grants were retroactive to January 2021 and covered the months of January, February, and March 2021.
  • CCRG round one grant applications have closed. 
  • Programs found eligible were paid 80% of the current monthly grant amount. 
  • Checks were mailed to eligible programs on May 5 and May 26, 2021. 

Round Two – April, May, and June 2021

  • Grants covered expenses from April, May, and June 2021. 
  • CCRG round two grant applications have closed. 
  • Programs found eligible were paid 80% of the current monthly grant amount. 
  • Checks began mailing in June and will continue mailing once funding is received. 

Round Three – July, August, and September 2021

  • Grants will cover expenses from July, August, and September 2021. 
  • Grant applications and renewal opt-ins were open Monday, August 16, 2021 - Wednesday, September 15, 2021. 
  • Programs found eligible will be paid 60% of the current monthly grant amount. 
  • Grant funding is based off a program's capacity on July 1, 2021.

Round Four – October, November, and December 2021

  • Grant applications and renewal opt-ins will open on Monday, October 18, 2021, and close on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. 
  • pdf CCRG Attestation Round Four - 2021 (277 KB)   pdf (Spanish) (274 KB)  
  • Grants will cover expenses from October, November, and December 2021. 
  • Programs found eligible will be paid 40% of the current monthly grant amount.
  • Grant funding is based off a program's capacity on October 1, 2021. 

pdf CCRG Flyer 2021 (265 KB)
pdf CCRG Flyer 2021 - Spanish (270 KB)
pdf CCRG Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2021 (321 KB)
pdf CCRG Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2021 - Spanish (329 KB)


CCRG 2021 Round Four 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 – for many of you uninterrupted – over the last 18 months. The CCRG program is funded through federal COVID-19 stabilization dollars, and as those federal 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 Four CCRG will open for new applications and opt-ins on Monday, October 18, 2021, and close on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.  

No late applications will be accepted, be sure to start your application before the last day to make sure it is submitted on time! 

Child Care Restoration Grants are available for round four funding to cover expenses in October, November and December 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 renew by an opt-in process. 

pdf CCRG Opt in Tip Sheet 2021 (455 KB)

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 December 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 December 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 provide technical assistance through their website and via email throughout the life of the CCRG 2021.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.  
  • Once a program has access to the Registry Director Portal you will see an option to apply for the CCRG 2021.  If your program meets the eligibility requirements above and you do not have the option to apply, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for technical assistance. 
  • All applicants will need to sign a pdf round four attestation (277 KB)  - 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. 

  • Read, sign, and upload a new pdf round four attestation (277 KB)
  • Opt-in for round four even if you have not received a round three check.  
  • Complete Monthly reporting for grant checks you have received.      

Keeping your Gateways Information Up to Date

The Child Care Restoration Grants rely on information available in the Gateways Registry and the Director’s Portal. IDHS and INCCRRA calibrate the Child Care Restoration Grants based on information available in Gateways. Please ensure that the information available in the Gateways Director’s Portal is up to date, including information regarding your employees. Please encourage your staff to keep their Gateways Registry memberships up to date as well, including listing you as their employer.

What to Expect:

  • CCRG Counselors will review your application or opt-in for round four 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 grant check mails. 

    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 additional grant payments.   Do not complete monthly reporting if you have not received your check.

    Resources to help complete monthly reporting: 

    • pdf Instruction Worksheet (285 KB) – 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. 
    • Receipt of Approval Letter – an email was sent to each program on the day your round one grant check was mailed.  At the end of this email was a receipt of approval letter. This must be signed and uploaded to your monthly reporting.  If you did not receive a receipt of approval letter, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • pdf Round One Monthly Reporting FAQ (302 KB) – 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. 
    • pdf Monthly Reporting and Narrative Reports Tip Sheet (889 KB)

    The federal reporting for CCRG 2021 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.

    Future for CCRG

    Throughout 2021 we have closely monitored enrollment numbers across child care. Moving into 2022 the state will shift its resources away from a stabilization grant and into a new strategy to build back better. We encourage programs to use the next 6 months of restoration grants to stabilize and focus on increasing enrollment, so your child care program is on solid and stable ground at the end of the calendar year. More details will be announced in the coming months about 2022 strategies to support the child care infrastructure and truly build back better for a stronger future.

    Early Childhood Education and Care Statewide Townhall: Looking Back to Move Forward was a review of data collected through the Child Care Restoration Grant reporting process since the onset of the federal relief funding, and also a look ahead to future strategies to continue to support the child care infrastructure across Illinois. Webinar Recordings and Slides are available at the links below. 


    CCRG 2021 Appeal Process 

    Appeals have closed for rounds one and two of CCRG. 

    Round three (July, August, and September) appeals closed on September 24, 2021. All submitted appeals are currently under review.

    pdf CCRG Appeals Procedure 2021 (95 KB)


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    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.

    Programs that received CCRG in 2020 are required to complete and have accepted monthly reporting in the Director Portal for 2020 before they can receive funds in 2021.  If you have questions about monthly reporting please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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