Are there any public or private funds for preschool or day care for children in palatine, illinois?

Question:I RECENTLY SIGNED MY 3 YEAR OLD CHILD UP FOR PRESCHOOL ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT SHE WAS PUT ON A WAITING LIST. I WAS NOT TOLD WHEN I SIGNED HER UP IT WAS BASED ON A POINTS SYSTEM. I THOUGHT IT WAS FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. I ALREADY GOT HER PYHSICAL, SHOTS AND DENTAL CHECK UP.I ALSO HAVE A 6 MONTH OLD CHILD.I WILL BE RETURNING TO WORK FROM MATERNITY LEAVE IN TWO WEEKS. I AM LOW INCOME AND ALL THE DAY CARE CENTERS AND NURSERY SCHOOLS I CALLED ARE ASKING HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS A WEEK. I CAN'T AFFORD ANY OF THOSE. WITHOUT DAY CARE I CAN NOT WORK AND IF I CAN'T WORK WE WON'T BE ABLE TO SURVIVE. I AM DESPERATE, PLEASE RESPOND.

P.S. I DO RECIEVE A ILLINOIS PUBLIC AID CARD.

Answers:
Illinois does have a child care assistance program. There's an on-line form to see if you are eligible

http://www.dhs.state.il.us/ts/childcared...

Have you tried pre-k? If not, check with your nearest school or contact the school district.

http://www.ilheadstart.org/cookcounty.ht... Check here for a program if you've not tried Head Start yet.
Have you looked into Head Start, or is that what you're on a waiting list for? Head Start is free for income qualified families and sometimes accepts over-income families for a variety of reasons. If it is Head Start that you're on the waiting list for, call your local elementary schools, social service agencies, and churches. Ask for a list of programs in your area that you can check into. Also ask if there is a subsidized care program in your state to help you pay for child care. Most states have some sort of subsidized care money available for low-income families, and your local social service agencies should be able to help you find out how to qualify for it.

You have my sympathy. I understand what a difficult position you are in. You will be in my prayers.

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