As a Head Start/Early Head Start grantee, CNE is funded to serve 116 children with its team of Parent Educators, Family Child Care Homes, Early Head Start Classrooms, and Head Start Classrooms. In addition, CNE is the administrator of a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to provide no-cost preschool services to 118 children at local early childhood centers, as well as a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program to provide child care subsidies to approximately 100 children. As a supplement to these services, CNE also has a Scholarship Program to help families afford high quality care, and CNE's Learning Together Program brings mental health services and support programs to children in local early childhood centers. For eligibility information on any of these programs, please contact us at 847-475-2661 and speak with one of our Intake & Eligibility Specialists.



Family Child Care (FCC)

CNE offers a Family Child Care option serving children birth to five years old with full day/full year programming. Family Child Care provides a quality early education experience for children in the provider's own home. The children may be in a mixed age group and there is typically a low adult to child ratio. 

Center Based 

CNE offers two Center Based options. CNE funds two classrooms at Family Focus operated by McGaw YMCA in Evanston serving children ages 3-5 years old. CNE also funds three classrooms at Swift Child Care Early Childhood Centers in Skokie serving birth to five years old. Both programs provide a quality early education experience to enhance your child's learning and development.

Both options stated above are Head Start/Early Head Start programs. All families participating in the Family Child Care and Center Based options will be assigned a Family Support Specialist who will work with you to build a relationship, family goals, and provide any referrals that you may need to best support your family. Other supports that will be offered are comprehensive services, which include mental health services, nutrition services, health services and education/child development services to transition your children to a 3-5 year old program or to Kindergarten and position them for school success and school readiness.

Home Visiting

CNE’s Home Visiting Program is a Head Start/Early Head Start program that serves families with young children ages birth to five through weekly home visits and twice-monthly group socializations. Each eligible family is paired with one of CNE’s Parent Educators/Home Visitors, who use research-based curricula (Parents As Teachers and My Teaching Strategies) to support parents in becoming their child’s first teachers. As a team, parents and the Parent Educators work collaboratively to establish educational and developmental goals for each child. Parent Educators then prepare individualized lesson plans to help each child/family in making a smooth transition to a Head Start program or to Kindergarten and position them for school success and school readiness.

Online Application

If you are interested in applying to any of the programs listed above (family childcare center, center based partner programs or our home visiting program) you may submit an online application here (aplicación en español). Please note that the application will take you about 30 minutes to complete and must be done all at one time. In order to be accepted into these programs, you must meet very specific income limits.  The chart is here so you can see if your income is below the income maximums. If you have questions before submitting an application, please feel free to contact us at  Thank you for your interest!


Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) 

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides low-income, working families with access to high-quality, affordable child care, which allows the parents to continue working and contributes to the consistency and success of each child’s early education experience. Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, income and number of children in care, and must provide income documentation and proof of employment or school enrollment. CNE partners with the McGaw YMCA, Reba Early Learning Center, Waraich Family Child Care, and Swift Childcare in Skokie to provide CCAP services.

Just below, please find the CCAP applications for childcare services, in both English and Spanish.  If you are new to applying for CCAP, you may print this form to complete it and speak with your provider about where to submit it.  If you are a current CCAP client and need to complete a redetermination, please use the redetermination application mailed to you by CNE.  If you cannot locate that document, you may use the blank CCAP Redetermination form posted below.
If you have an active, current case and need to submit changes to your case, like new job information, family changes or changing/adding a site, please contact CNE for guidance about which forms you will need. 847-475-2661




Illinois State Board of Education Preschool For All (PFA)

CNE partners with the local early education centers listed below to provide PFA services for up to 118 children ages 3-5, specifically those that may benefit from additional academic support. PFA is 2.5 hours per day with a full day option available, if eligible, so that your child can attend a longer school day. PFA includes parent engagement, comprehensive developmental screening, and high-quality, research-based curriculum for children to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. Eligibility for PFA is determined at our partner sites, so please contact them directly if you are interested in learning more or applying:

Learning Bridge Early Education Center: 847-869-2680 
Reba Early Learning Center: 847-475-6480
Infant Welfare Society of Evanston: 847-491-9650
Puerta Abierta Preschool:  847-328-1491
Toddler Town: 847-448-0108

Learning Together

CNE offers classroom-based mental health and speech/language therapy services through our Learning Together program. We have two mental health consultants and a speech & language pathologist that support five Evanston early childhood centers (Learning Bridge Early Education Center, Reba Early Learning Center, KinderCare and the McGaw YMCA) with monthly classroom observations, one-on-one consultations with children and families as needed, and teacher mentoring and training which provide resources and techniques that can be used in the classroom. This program creates opportunities for consultants, parents, and teachers to learn together so that they can best support each child’s needs.



For more information regarding these programs and eligibility, please contact
us at 847-475-2661 and speak to one of our Intake and Eligibility Specialists.