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  1. Article number 1 - GOECD is Hiring for Several New Positions
  2. Article number 2 - Illinois Has Been Awarded a PDG B-5 Grant!
  3. Article number 3 - GOECD Issue Brief and Strategic Plan Overview
  4. Article number 4 - Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce: A Call to Action for the State of Illinois
  5. Article number 5 - Kindergarten Transition Advisory Committee Report
  •  GOECD is Hiring for Several New Positions

    GOECD is Hiring for Several New Positions

    The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) is hiring for several positions to assist in the coordination, management, and implementation of activities for the Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B-5).

    Project Director

    Business Manager

    Data Manager

    MIECHV Coordinated Intake Strategy Manager

    Cover letters and resumes should be sent to the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development c/o GOV.OECD@Illinois.gov.

  •  Child Smilling

    Illinois Has Been Awarded a PDG B-5 Grant!

    GOECD and ISBE are thrilled to announce that Illinois has been awarded a federal PDG B-5 grant! The state will receive $3,702,937 to carry out the proposed activities in 2019. The PDG B-5 grant will allow Illinois to develop an overarching statewide strategic plan, informed by a needs assessment, which will guide systemic efforts to coordinate Illinois’ mixed delivery system so that all children and families have access to the services they need to thrive. We will also conduct activities to maximize parental choice and knowledge, to engage community voice as we share best practices, and to improve the overall quality of early childhood care and education throughout the state. We look forward to engaging the state’s leadership, partners, and stakeholders, including families, throughout this process. Per Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/20-15) opportunities for funding must go through a competitive bidding process. Budget modification is still in process.

    Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and Illinois’ proposal.

    Click here to read Illinois’ full PDG B-5 proposal.

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    GOECD Issue Brief and Strategic Plan Overview

    The Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) was established by Executive Order in 2010 to advance a comprehensive, statewide early childhood system. Our office put together an Issue Brief that identifies five major issues in early childhood development in Illinois, describes work that GOECD is doing to move the State forward, and highlights opportunities to build on that work toward the achievement of our vision: Every young child develops to their maximum potential and thrives with the support of their families and communities.

    Click here to read GOECD’s Issue Brief.

    Click here to read GOECD’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan Overview.

  •  Transforming the Workforce

    Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce: A Call to Action for the State of Illinois

    The publication of the National Academy of Medicine’s 2015 report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8, was a clarion call for early childhood policymakers nationwide. Illinois was one of the first states selected by the National Academies to implement these recommendations. Illinois’ report, Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce: A Call to Action for the State of Illinois, was published in November 2018 with leadership from GOECD and the UIC College of Education. The report’s guiding principles inform recommendations on qualifications, pathways, and knowledge base of the Illinois early childhood workforce.

    Read the report, executive summary, and one-pager.

    Read the interim 2017 Illinois Early Childhood Workforce Survey Report here.

  •  Kindergarten Transition Advisory Committee Report

    Kindergarten Transition Advisory Committee Report

    The Kindergarten Transition Advisory Committee was established by the General Assembly in 2017 (HJR0024) to review and report on the transition into kindergarten. On September 28, 2018, they submitted a report to the Governor, State Board of Education, and General Assembly that includes recommendations to help streamline the transition for children, families, communities, educators, districts, and the state. Check out the report here!

 

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