University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Family & Community Resources


What kinds of child-care and parenting services are available?

Several free and low-cost childcare options are available, both through the UIUC and the local community. Be sure to check with each organization directly to verify eligibility requirements.

Child Development Laboratory
1105 W. Nevada St. Urbana
(217) 244-8622

The Child Development Laboratory (CDL) is a university-based pre-school and child-care program that offers half-day preschool for 2 - 4 year-olds and full-day child-care for children ages 6-weeks to 4-years.


CCAMPIS: Child Care Access Means Parents in School
1105 W. Nevada St. Urbana
(217) 333-3252

CCAMPIS offers child-care referrals, information on evaluating quality child-care, resources on various parenting issues, and assistance in paying for child-care services. This program is part of the CDL.


Orchard Downs Pre-School
510 W. George Huff Drive. Urbana
(217) 333-3497

Orchard Downs Pre-School is part of University Housing and follows the UIUC calendar. ODPS offers activities to enhance the social, emotional, physical and mental development of pre-school children. ODPS offers half-day and full-day pre-school for children ages 3 – 5.


Crisis Nursery
1309 W. Hill St. Urbana
Administration: (217) 337-2731
Emergency: (217) 337-2730

Crisis Nursery is the only emergency-based child-care facility open 24 hours, 365-days a year for the entire community to access without fees, income eligibility or waiting list. Besides safe shelter for children, ages birth through 5 years-old, they also provide family support and parenting education.


Illinois Department of Employment Security
Stanley White / Veterans Outreach Program
1307 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign
(217) 278-5700 x360


Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment


Who can help me with employment assistance?

Champaign County Help Book Online

The Help Book Online is a comprehensive directory of human and social services that are available in Champaign County


What human and social services are available in Champaign County?

State Department of Veterans Affairs
Champaign County Veterans Service Office (VSO)

National Guard Armory
600 East University, Room 102
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 278-3388 or 278-3392

Some of the services provided by the VSO include:

  • Compensation Benefits & Document Assistance – combat and service-related bonus payments, disability claims, DD214 request
  • Survivor & Burial Benefits – graves registration, grave markers
  • Educational Benefits – GI Bill, Illinois Veterans Grant, Troops to Teachers, Scholarships
  • Employment Benefits – employment preference, Jobs for Vets Programs
  • Referral Assistance – facilitating access to federal VA health care & counseling services


Illinois Warrior Assistance Program

1-866-554-4927 (24-hr. confidential support)

The Illinois Warrior Assistance Program provides free and confidential assistance for returning Illinois Veterans. Their goal is to help service members and their families deal with the emotional challenges they may be facing as they transition back to their daily lives.


Are there any local or national resources that offer support to military families?

Department of Defense Military Family Support

(703) 931-6632