Organizations that Assist with Finding Child Care

Action for Children
Phone: 312-823-1100
Will provide parents with a list of providers anywhere in Cook County for a fee; will also help parents determine if they qualify for assistance in paying for child care and to receive the appropriate forms to apply. This service is free.

American Red Cross Greater Chicago Chapter
Phone: 312-729-6100
Provides training in CPR and First Aid and babysitter training for teenagers.

Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS)
To determine if a prospective caregiver has ever been investigated for child abuse and neglect in Illinois, call the local DCFS Field Office (708-338-6600) or access the DCFS website.

DCFS Form CFS 689 (PDF), is the Authorization for Background Check for Programs NOT Licensed by DCFS.

Department of Children and Family Services
Phone: 877-746-0829
Will provide a list of DCFS-licensed centers and home child care providers in Illinois.

Home Child Care Provider Nurse Consultant
Phone: 708-358-5480
Helps home child care providers with communicable disease prevention, policy development, risk assessments, education and support with home visits.

Illinois State Police
Phone: 217-782-6637
Provides criminal background checks on prospective caregivers.

Oak Park Department of Public Health
Phone: 708-358-5480
Will provide a list of licensed centers and home child care providers in Oak Park.

Park District of Oak Park
218 Madison St., Oak Park 60302
Phone: 708-383-0002
Fax: 708-383-5702
Offers periodic babysitter training classes.

West Suburban Home Day Care Association
P.O. Box 1156, Oak Park 60304
Phone: 708-848-8931
A not-for-profit organization of more than 50 home-based child care providers; a referral line helps parents find provider options among local members.