This notice is to inform you of a recent decision concerning Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) payments.
A court decree handed down in St. Claire County authorizes payments to the individual providers who receive their pay directly from the Comptroller. DHS has no authority under court order or appropriation to pay the centers and agencies. As with other providers and vendors, their payments will be delayed until a budget is in place.
Given this decision, all home child care providers who provide services in either their home or the home of the child (both licensed and license-exempt), and are not part of a Child Care Home Network will continue to be paid by the established CCAP process and on the current time frames. Child Care Certificates will continue to be sent to providers and be entered into the State payment system.
Child care centers and home networks will be paid retroactively for services provided after July 1 for all approved children ONCE A BUDGET IS PASSED. Child Care Certificates and Certificate Reports (for centers) will continue to be sent for all eligible families. Center and home network providers should continue to complete the Certificates and mail into the CCR&R as usual. Once a budget is in place for the fiscal year that began on July 1, IDHS will begin approving payments based on the date the payment was entered into the system. We will be able to process around $14 million in payments each day for the Comptroller’s office to issue.
We are unable at this time to say when center and network providers who will experience delays in payments should expect to receive payments. The time frames depend on when a State budget is approved and how many payments are on hold waiting to be paid at the time funding is available.
4-C is a private not-for-profit social service agency that for more than 40 years has helped families and child care providers by offering resources and services that include Child Care Financial Assistance, Resource & Referral for Child Care, Parent and Provider Education, the Child Care Food Program as well as Nursing, Social Work, Mental Health, Quality and Infant/Toddler Specialists. The agency also advocates on behalf of children, families and Early Care and Education Providers.
The 4-C mission is to promote children’s well-being by advocating for quality, affordable child care. We support parents and those providing child care by offering information, education, resources and services.
The 4-C vision is that all children will be cared for in safe, nurturing, and healthy environments growing to become contributing members of their communities and capable of nurturing their own children.
4-C advocates for children by monitoring legislation which affects them. We inform community members and lawmakers about the needs of children and provide a strong voice to ensure that these needs are met. 4-C is a member of Illinois Action for Children, a statewide advocacy leader for children, families, and providers of child care. For additional information visit their website at www.actforchildren.org.
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Child Care Providers who are members or who work for member programs, are entitled to attend most trainings without charge.
Membership is open to all providers living in the six counties served by 4-C: Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, and Whiteside.
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