The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD) was established to facilitate cross system collaboration to advance a more unified early childhood system which ensures high quality care and education for children birth to age 5. Learn more about OECD here!
This Quality Rating and Improvement System provides a process for pursuing quality efforts that will help providers and improve developmental skills among the children they serve. ExceleRate Illinois also provides standards, guidelines, resources and supports to help create better quality outcomes.
Most importantly, the program helps accelerate excellence in early learning and development in the State of Illinois.
Learn more about ExceleRate Illinois! Provider Website Parent Website
Watch an introductory video here!
The EHS-CCP is a new competitive grant opportunity to support the partnering of Early Head Start programs with child care providers. The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development will keep this webpage updated with resources to help programs plan for the competition.
Did you know that a child's temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult's? In 2013 alone, 44 children died of heat stroke in the U.S. Pledge to prevent child heat stroke!
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, heatstroke is the number one vehicle-related killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why the Administration for Children and Families has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. Join the national movement to “look before you lock.”
Parents and caregivers can learn more about the initiative and sign a pledge to prevent child heatstroke by visiting the national campaign website.
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