Note: This list of childcare facilities is not based on recommendations; just a compilation of some of the resources available in the area.


Illinois Action for Children (CCAP)
4753 N. Broadway, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60640 (Administrative Offices Only)
1340 S. Damen, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60608
8741 S. Greenwood, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60619
Financial assistance for childcare. If eligible, parent pays only a portion of childcare fees. Parent must meet low-income guidelines. Help with finding local childcare facilities.
Call: (312) 823-1100 (Calls taken on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays between 8:30 am-4:30 pm)


Note: This is a very brief listing of available centers, chosen for their location or affordability. The Women’s Program does not endorse or recommend any particular childcare center. We encourage you to call or visit the centers to get more information.

Harper College - Child Learning Center, Room I-123
Half day and full-day programs available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children must be 3-6 years
of age and completely toilet-trained. List of fees are available at the center.
Call: (847) 925-6262

Children’s Home & Aid Society
725 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60194
Low-cost childcare for individuals who meet eligibility requirements of Action for Children (listed above).
Call: (630) 671-2400 or (847) 985.8130

Community Child Care of Palatine Township
721 S. Quentin Rd., Palatine, IL 60067
Low-cost childcare for individuals who meet eligibility requirements of Action for Children (listed above).
Call: (847) 991-1030

Elk Grove Township Community Day Care Center
711 Chelmsford, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Affordable day care for children 3 months to 12 years old.
Call: (847) 439-5577

Head Start
Pre-school education program for children ages 3-5 years old from low-income families. The program includes education, health and nutrition, social services, parent and community involvement.
Des Plaines Head Start (half day program)
1170 N. River Rd. Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 298-1130
CEDA Ray Walker Head Start (half day program)
(Schaumburg Headstart)
653 Windsor Dr.
Schaumburg, IL 60193
(847) 598-1020
Palatine Head Start (half day program)
721 S. Quentin
Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 991-1030
CEDA Head Start & Early Head Start
Advance Preschool, Inc.
2320 W. Higgins Rd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(847) 885-4983

Safari Childcare
1540 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine, IL 60067
(888) 488-5883
Drop in rates available – need to have paperwork on file first. They offer evenings. They take any
outside funding source such as Illinois Action for Children, CEDA, YMCA.

Harper College Health and Psychological Services
1200 West Algonquin Road 
Palatine, IL 60067 Building A - Room A364
Call: (847) 925-6268
Visit their Website

Free counseling or referral is available for students currently enrolled in six or more credit hours in fall or spring semesters, and in three or more credit hours in summer semester.

Kenneth Young Center
1001 Rohlwing Rd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Comprehensive counseling services including crisis intervention. Sliding fee scale.
Call: (847) 524-8800

Salvation Army Community Counseling Center
1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Counseling and casework services for families faced with difficult personal and/or family problems. Sliding fee scale.
Call: (847) 392-0265 or (847) 885-4060

Life Span
Des Plaines, IL
Free individual and group counseling for victims of domestic violence and their children.
Call: (847) 824-4454 English/Spanish
Call: (847) 824-1158 Polish

Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (CASA)
415 W. Golf Rd., Suite 47, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Free counseling services for sexual assault/abuse survivors and their loved ones.
Call: (847) 806-6526 during office hours or their 24 Hour Hotline (888) 802-8890

Westline Apartments
1700 Ontarioville Road, Suite 201A
Hanover Park, IL 60133
Reduced-rent apartments.
Must be income-eligible and have at least a part-time job.
Call: (630)837-2220

(Women in Need Growing Stronger) Provides transitional shelter for homeless women and their children. Includes education program. Safe House for victims of domestic violence.
Call: (847) 221-5680 (24 Hour Hotline)