We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this public health emergency.
The Illinois Child Care Bureau staff are available to assist you by phone at 773.444.0115 or email (Info@IllinoisChildren.com).
NOTIFICATION: Illinois State Board of Education monitors are conducting Reviews with day care home providers over the phone. You may receive a call from John Burton, Judy Foster, Andrea Gregory, Paul Hansen, Harley Hepner, Abby Johnson, Carol Montague, Kim Nesler, Mary Newman, Kari Perkins, Jason Prager, Tess Smith, or Matthew Whitaker. If you have any questions, please call us during office hours (Monday – Friday between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm).
TRAINING REMINDER: If you have not already done so, please be sure to complete your two hours of mandatory training which is available under RESOURCES tab at IllinoisChildren.com.
Beginning with your June 2020 menus, you may claim up to or at your license capacity, not to exceed 10 children including the provider’s own, foster, or residential children (0 – 12 years of age).
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING MONITORING: USDA requires food program sponsors to regularly conduct home visits with providers. Due to the current public health emergency, reviews will be conducted over the telephone or through a video conferencing tool instead of in-person. The review will cover similar information as at a home visit (record-keeping, claim information, child enrollments, nutrition training, etc). In order to continue your participation on the food program (Child and Adult Care Food Program), the review is necessary and required. You will be informed of any issues requiring attention during the review. We appreciate your cooperation.
The Illinois Child Care Bureau wants to help you serve nutritious meals/snacks, especially during this public health emergency.
USDA now allows a combination of congregate feeding (in your home) and non-congregant feeding (Grab-and-Go meals) through the food program. If your day care home is currently closed due to the public health emergency and you are aware of children needing meals/snacks who were previously enrolled in your care, you are eligible for food program funds by serving non-congregant meals and snacks (Grab-and-Go) to them. You need prior approval from the Illinois Child Care Bureau for reimbursement.
Send your request to Info@IllinoisChildren.com along with the answers to the following:
- Is there a need not served by schools or other community organizations (yes or no)?
- What is your plan for providing meals/snacks (is the parent/guardian picking up the meals/snacks)?
- How many meals/snacks will be given to the child? Please keep in mind the child may only be served meals/snacks as stated on their enrollment form. Depending on the child’s schedule, the day care home provider may claim a maximum of 2 main meals and 1 snack or 2 snacks and 1 main meal per child per day.
- If you are providing meals/snacks for multiple days, then please explain your ability to prepare and store the meals/snacks (refrigeration, safe serving containers to keep food cold/hot, etc). If you are not providing meals/snacks for multiple days, then please answer: Does not apply.
- Please state the number and names of children being served Grab-and-Go meals and/or snacks.
Remember: Safety is a priority. Social distancing requirements must be maintained during the distribution of meals/snacks.
If you are not operating your day care home, please email the Illinois Child Care Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or mark your KidKare calendar closed as soon as possible.
Contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency to learn more about the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). For more information, visit https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21355
Your food program reimbursement is based on the new DCFS licensing standards until further notice. Please continue to follow the Infant Meal Pattern and the Meal Pattern for Children (in your ILLINOIS CHILD CARE BUREAU PROVIDER GUIDEBOOK).
Please email us with your questions.
Cathy Isaacson Cathy@IllinoisChildren.com or x 107
Kim Klimek Kim@IllinoisChildren.com or x 108
Sarah Quinones Sarah@IllinoisChildren.com or x 113
ICCB Contact Information
The Illinois Child Care Bureau office is located at
5440 N. Cumberland, Suite 303, Chicago, IL 60656.
Or contact us at Info@IllinoisChildren.com.
A Provider You Should Know
Ms. Estella Pegues
For the past 17 years, Mrs. Estella Pegues has owned and operated Home Sweet Home Child Care Services located on the Southeast Side of Chicago. Prior to opening her home day care, Mrs. Pegues was a secretary for 20 years. Mrs. Pegues and her husband Johnie raised six sons. Mrs. Pegues discovered she enjoyed the frequent visits of their son’s friends and that their friends enjoyed being in her home, so she decided to dedicate her home and career to caring for children. Shortly after opening the day care, Johnie quit his job and Estella and Johnie have been a day care home team ever since. …
KidKare is the online claiming method for day care home providers to access Child and Adult Care Food Program funds.
KidKare is free, user-friendly, works on a Mac/PC/smartphone/iPad/tablet – anything with an internet connection. You can use most major browsers too.
Need your login and password? Call the ICCB office at 773.444.0115 or send an email to Info@IllinoisChildren.com.