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Whether you are a brand new parent or have been at it for a while — whether you are a long-time Champaign-Urbana resident or are new to the area — we know that having access to resources is invaluable. Below please find links to various area agencies and organizations who are committed to offering assistance to families.

Child Care

Child Care Resources Service (CCRS)

Increases access to quality child care services in the area though assistance in funding for child care as well as parent and provider resources.

Orchard Downs Pre-School

Offers half- and full-day options and is available to all students; the program is part of Graduate and Family Housing.

Child Development Lab

Provides child care for children from infancy to age 4 and is part of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Services.

Crisis Nursery

Provides 24-hour emergency care for children and support to strengthen families in crisis.

DHS Childcare Assistance Program

Provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care that allows them to continue working.

Kids Plus: Champaign Unit 4 School District

Offers a before- and after-school program providing a balance of recreation, educational and social opportunities.

Urbana School District Before- and After-School Child Care Program

Provides a safe supervised place for students kindergarten through fifth grade.

Head Start and Early Head Start of Champaign County

Provides an early childhood/preschool program for income-eligible children from 6 weeks to age 3 and Head Start programs for children 3-5 years old.

Health & Wellness

All Kids State Insurance

Offers many Illinois children comprehensive healthcare.

Champaign County Christian Health Center

Provides holistic, free, and quality health care services.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Offers nutrition assessment, counseling, and supplemental food vouchers for pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5.

Multicultural Health Center

Delivers culturally sensitive health services to the families of the Family and Graduate Housing Community.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Provides an array of programs and services ranging from pregnancy care to child immunizations to dental care.

CASE Audiology

Provides free hearing evaluations for children (birth through graduation from high school) residing in Champaign and Ford counties.

Developmental Services Center

Services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Carle Hospital Breastfeeding Clinic

Provides pumps and other materials as well as support and education about lactation.

Office of Student Health Insurance

Provides detailed information about the student health insurance plan (including how to add dependents) and fees offered through the university.

Carle Foundation Hospital

OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center

McKinley Health Center


Campus Lactation Spaces

For a list of available lactation spaces across the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, please visit the Campus Lactation Space Guide (pdf) located at the Women’s Resources Center’s webpage.

University of Illinois' Parenting 24/7

Provides a "one-stop" source of news, information, and advice on parenting and family life.

Chambana Moms

Shares information about family-friendly services, events and places in the area.

United Way of Champaign County

Provides comprehensive information on local resources.

Up Center

Provides support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and ally community of Champaign County.

Safe Kids Champaign County

Free inspections and fittings of children’s car seats by appointment; eligible families may receive a new seat for $20. Additional general safety information can also be found on the site.

Infant-Parent Institute

Provides counseling, professional training, and research related to the optimal development of infants and their families.


Offers counseling and psychiatric services for children, adolescents, and adults.

Yours, Mine, and Ours Kids Shop

Sells affordable second-hand children’s clothing; located at 1824 Glen Park Drive in Champaign.


Provides a variety of services including free maternity and baby clothes to those in need, emotional support and information/referrals.

Women's Resources Center

Offers support and advocacy services, empowers women, strengthens alliances with men; committed to creating community within University of Illinois.

Family Service Self-Help Center

Provides education, promotion, and establishment of support groups and fosters relationships between community organizations, support groups and individuals.

Family Resilience Center

Seeks to strengthen families’ abilities to meet life’s challenges and to thrive.

Pregnant and Parenting Students


Stephens Family YMCA in Champaign

Serves the community by providing fitness facilities, day camps and numerous other valuable programs.

First Christian Church Playground

Offers access to an indoor playground.

Champaign Park District

Manages Champaign parks and offers recreational programs to residents of all ages.

Urbana Park District

Serves the community by providing fitness facilities, day camps, and numerous other programs.

Urbana Aquatic Center

Offers swim lessons, private rentals, public swim and other programs.

Campus Recreation

Identifies specific hours when children are allowed at the ARC and CRCE as well as associated membership fees.