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1. Top 5 Things you should know about Illinois Child Care Assistance Program 2. The Child Care Assistance Program, known as CCAP, provides low-income, working families with access to quality affordable child care that allows them to continue working. 3. How does the State of Illinois benefit from funding these programs? 4. CCAP serves more than 170,000 children in Illinois, and there are more than 13,000 licensed providers in the state. 5. CCAP gives parents financial assistance to pay for child care so they can go to work or attend college. 6. As much as 80% of a single parents income is spent on child care. The average weekly cost can be as much as $244/week for one child. 7. The cost of child care for two children per year ($27,244) can be higher than tuition and fees for two students at a 4-year Illinois public college ($24,236). 8. Parents say without this assistance, they would have to quit their job or quit college. Child care providers say they would have to lay off staff or close. 9. CCAP also provides: Consumer education and referrals for parents to child care facilities in their community Training and assistance programs to child care providers to improve the quality of child care offered Databases on child care to give parents up-to-date information 10. Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus 2015 Learn more: The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) Illinois Action for Children Statewide Costs Illinois Action for Children Fact Sheet