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  1. Article number 1 - Welcome to the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development's Website!
  2. Article number 2 - Federal Child Care Block Grant Program Reauthorized
  3. Article number 3 - Introducing ExceleRate Illinois, the State's New Quality Rating and Improvement System
  4. Article number 4 - Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships
  5. Article number 5 - Look Before You Lock!
  •  Photo courtesy of IL Action for ChildrenWelcome to the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development's Website!

    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!

    Photo courtesy of IL Action for Children
  •  Federal Child Care Block Grant Program Reauthorized

    In November 2014, President Obama signed the Child Care Development Fund Act (CCDF) into law, marking the first reauthorization of the federal child care program in nearly 20 years. The new law includes several important updates to the program that help to strengthen the safety and quality of child care programs as well as streamline the process for accessing and maintaining care.
  •  Introducing ExceleRate Illinois!Introducing ExceleRate Illinois, the State's New Quality Rating and Improvement System

    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!

  •  Early Head Start - Child Care PartnershipsEarly Head Start - Child Care Partnerships

    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.

  •  ACF Look Before You Lock Feel the Heat Campaign GraphicLook Before You Lock!

    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.

Upcoming Events

DateEvent
12/4/2014
Data, Research, and Evaluation Committee Meeting
12/10/2014
Health Subcommittee Meeting
1/7/2015
Family and Community Engagement Committee Meeting
1/14/2015
Sustainability Workgroup Meeting
1/20/2015
Program Standards and Quality Committee
1/20/2015
Systems Integration and Alignment Committee
1/27/2015
Home Visiting Task Force Executive Committee Meeting
2/2/2015
Executive Committee Meeting
2/3/2015
All Families Served Subcommittee Meeting
2/5/2015
Principles and Practices Subcommittee