Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)
Offers a variety of services to families, child care providers, and communities to help promote and facilitate affordable, quality child care through assistance, education and advocacy in Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee counties.
Kankakee County Only


Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

In partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), CCR&R operates the Child Care Assistance Program, providing financial support to families seeking childcare. Families working or going to school may qualify for assistance based on income. For more information, please contact the CCAP department at or 815-741-4622.

Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP)

A partnership between Early Head Start and Child Care Providers to expand the availability of high-quality infant and toddler care and education for children, from birth through age 3. Early Head Start provides high-quality early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive childhood development and support services to low-income infants and toddlers, and their families, in Kankakee County. For more information, contact Marquita Cox (Director of Early Learning Programs) at:, or Erika Franklin (ERSEA, Health Manager) at:, or call 815-741-1163 ext. 287 or 283.

Family Resources and Referrals

CCR&R's Referral Specialist assist families looking for childcare options. As part of the process the Specialist will make referrals based on individual information; provide indicators of quality and consumer education specific to childcare; and work to connect families with other resources within the community. For more information or a childcare referral, contact Jessica Estrada, email:, phone: 815-741-1163 ext. 227

Preschool for All (PFA)

A partnership between Preschool for All and Child Care Resource & Referral to expand the availability of high-quality care and education for children ages 3 to 5. The program serves children who are at risk of academic failure. The goal is to create a foundation for kindergarten readiness. All children who left the Preschool for All or Preschool for All Expansion programs to enter kindergarten moved forward with the skills and social-emotional confidence needed to be successful in school and in life. For more information, contact Marquita Cox, Director of Early Learning Programs or Rebecca Kroiss, Assistant Director of Early Learning Programs at:, or call 815-741-1163 ext. 287 or 281.

Quality Specialists

CCR&R's team of Quality Specialists assist programs in achieving ExceleRate Illinois Circles of Quality. The Specialists work to offer technical assistance and on-site consultations to develop and implement quality improvement plans. The Infant Toddler Specialist works directly with program staff to provide specific supports for those who work with infants and toddlers. Additionally, CCR&R offers a wide array of professional development opportunities, including provider trainings and CPR/FA certification. For more information contact Sherry Coe, email:, phone: 815-741-1163 ext. 250

Social Emotional Learning Facilitation (SELF)

Through funding provided by the United Way, the Social Emotional Learning Facilitation (SELF) program implements imbedded mental health best practices into early childhood education as a core component to support all other developmental domains for young children and their families. Using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and Ages and Stages Social Emotional Screening Tool, family engagement communities of practice, and practice-based coaching, SELF consultants work with providers to support children and families as they prepare for school, work, and life. For more information, contact Rebecca Kroiss at or 815-741-1163 Ext. 281.


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Last Updated: 03/28/2023 at 12:33 PM