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  1. Article number 1 - Illinois’ Early Childhood Education Workforce Report
  2. Article number 2 - Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education
  3. Article number 3 - ECE Workforce Hiring Survey Report
  4. Article number 4 - CCDF State Plan Feedback
  5. Article number 5 - Summer Food Service Program
  •  ECE Workforce Report

    Illinois’ Early Childhood Education Workforce Report

    The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) released a workforce report that provides rich, descriptive data about Illinois’ early childhood education workforce, as shown by analysis of the data within the Gateways Registry. INCCRRA’s hope is that this report will be a valuable resource for leaders and policymakers to inform conversations that will further support and advance the early childhood education workforce in Illinois.

    Read the Executive Summary
    Read the Full Report
    View the PowerPoint Presentation Joellyn Whitehead, Director of Data & Research at INCCRR, gave at the June Early Learning Council meeting.

  •  Transforming ECE

    Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education

    On June 8, 2018, Erikson Institute’s Policy and Leadership Department and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development hosted a breakfast symposium on the Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education report. Featured speakers included Elizabeth E. Davis, Ph.D., professor of applied economics at the University of Minnesota and Harriet Dichter, J.D., fellow at ICF International. Our panel of representatives from local early childhood partner organizations included: Jennifer Alexander, Director of Early Learning Programs, Metropolitan Family Services; Theresa Hawley, Senior Vice President for Policy and Innovation, Illinois Action for Children; Cathy Main, Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator, University of Illinois; and Sam Aigner-Treworgy, Chief of Early Learning, City of Chicago.

    View the Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education:
    Executive Summary
    Full Report
    PowerPoint Presentation

  •  ECE Workforce Hiring Survey Report

    ECE Workforce Hiring Survey Report

    The 2017 Illinois Early Childhood Workforce Survey Report was published in October 2017 by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Education and the Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD), supported by Illinois Innovation to Incubation and funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The survey provides insight into the relationship between the need for qualified early childhood teachers and assistants and the hiring experiences of program administrators across targeted age ranges, program types, and funding sources. This report will accompany a larger report on the early childhood workforce to be published in 2018 through the National Academy of Medicine Innovation to Incubation Project.

  •  CCDF State Plan for FFY2019-2021

    CCDF State Plan Feedback

    The Illinois Department of Human Services has shared a draft of the CCDF State Plan for FFY2019-2021. This Plan describes the CCDF program to be administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) for the period 10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021. The Early Learning Council has made recommendations regarding the CCDF plan. You can find them here.
  •  Summer Food Service Program

    Summer Food Service Program

    The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), was created to provide nutritious meals to children when school is not in session. SFSP is currently being held throughout the state of Illinois. ISBE would like to invite parents to visit this website for location and site information. If anyone is interested in opening a site, please contact Amy Bianco at 800/545-7892 or 217/782-2491.

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