Illinois

COVID-19 Case Studies Introduction

This series of case studies documents and highlights the experiences of four CCDF Lead Agencies – Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, and Virginia – that developed and implemented grants to support child care providers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The case studies include examples of approaches Lead Agencies took to successfully create grant programs and distribute COVID-19 relief funding to providers.

Illinois Child Care Restoration Grants Case Study

This case study is part of a series that documents and highlights the experiences of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies that developed and implemented grants to stabilize child care in their service areas. This case study includes information from publicly available sources and an interview with CCDF staff who then reviewed this document for accuracy.

Early Childhood State Systems: Partnering with Higher Education to Build Flexible Career Pathways

This presentation explains how to develop successful partnerships with community leaders and higher learning institutes. It discusses ways to support new and non-traditional learners in the early childhood education (ECE) system. Strategies focus on using state governments to improve and expand ECE entry level professional education.

Aprovechar los sistemas de educación superior para apoyar el acceso a las credenciales para trabajar con bebés y niños pequeños

Este seminario web explora ejemplos estatales sobre asociaciones entre cuidado infantil y educación superior para el desarrollo de credenciales sobre bebés y niños pequeños que representen un punto de entrada a educación adicional y a una jornada exitosa y accesible por rutas educativas y profesionales.   

Leveraging Higher Education Systems to Support Access to Infant/Toddler Credentials

This final webinar in the 2018 Hot Topic series explores state examples of partnerships between child care and higher education in the development of Infant/Toddler credentials that represent an entry point to further education and a successful and accessible journey along career and education pathways.

Overview: State Child Care Licensing Regulations for Summer Programs and Camps

This document provides an overview of some general characteristics of state child care licensing regulations for summer programs and day camps. The information is based on a scan of regulations in 17 states (Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin), selected because of their geographic diversity. The data was drawn from the National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations.

Using Contracts and Grants to Build the Supply of High Quality Child Care: State Strategies and Practices

This paper provides information on state and territory efforts to use contracts and grants with providers, beginning with an overview of States and Territories whose 2016–18 CCDF Plans indicate that they are currently using contracts and grants. Topics addressed include the following:

State Policies that Support Business Practices of Child Care Providers

This brief provides an overview of strategies that States and Territories can employ to promote and strengthen business practices and leadership in early childhood settings. This resource, which draws on state examples, is divided into four key sections: Licensing; Quality Rating and Improvement Systems; Professional Development; and Resources.

Supporting License-Exempt Family Child Care

This issue brief aims to assist CCDF Administrators and their partners in their work to support license-exempt family child care (FCC) homes. In addressing the unique needs of exempt FCC homes, States and Territories can better support the children in their care and their families. This brief is organized into two sections: the first provides an overview of terminology, characteristics, parental preferences, and child care assistance data, and the second provides examples of several state and national initiatives to support exempt FCC.