With schools and daycare centers closed, we know that many Health Care Workers and First Responders need dependable and affordable childcare services. Through our partnership with Sittercity or at childcare centers across the city, you can access childcare that fits your needs.
While professionals work on the frontlines during the fight against the spread of COVID-19, many are in need of child care during this unprecedented time. In partnership with the city of Chicago, Sittercity will provide three free months of the Sittercity Premium service and will connect those on the frontlines of fighting this crisis with volunteers to help care for their families during this time. Sittercity provides tools to help families build a childcare support network with detailed profiles, secure messaging, interview scheduling and background check options.
During the declared COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the children of Prioritized Essential Workers, including Health Care Workers and First Responders, are eligible to receive child care through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
To find a childcare center near you please visit to identify your local Child Care Resource & Referral Service.
To apply for CCAP please visit to complete your application.
Please submit your completed application to your local Child Care Resource & Referral Service.