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  1. Article number 1 - CCDF State Plan Feedback
  2. Article number 2 - Illinois Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Validation Study
  3. Article number 3 - Resources for Early Childhood Programs Serving Immigrant, Refugee, Undocumented, or Mixed Status Children and Families
  4. Article number 4 - ECBG FY18 Additional One-Time Funding Opportunity for Current Grantees
  5. Article number 5 - Illinois Women & Families Health Conference
  •  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.

    There will be two public hearings on May 22, 2018, and written feedback is due by June 8, 2018. Please see this public notice for information about the public hearings.

    The Early Learning Council has made recommendations regarding the CCDF plan. You can find them here.

  •  ISBE Releases FY19 Request For Proposals

    Illinois Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Validation Study

    The Illinois Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Validation Study has been completed. The report examines validity of the QRIS System, ExceleRate Illinois, in multiple ways. The fundamental question is whether the system distinguishes levels of quality overall and across the four domains (Teaching and Learning, Family and Community Engagement, Leadership and Management, and Qualifications & Continuing Education). In short, the answer is yes. Read the study here.

  •  Resources for Early Childhood Programs Serving Immigrant, Refugee, Undocumented, or Mixed Status Children and Families

    Resources for Early Childhood Programs Serving Immigrant, Refugee, Undocumented, or Mixed Status Children and Families

    Immigrants and refugees are among the Early Learning Council's priority populations, and ensuring that priority populations have access to high quality early learning programs is the charge of the ELC's All Families Served Subcommittee. The subcommittee has created guidance for early childhood providers to support immigrant and refugee children and families. The guide is available in English & Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin. Early childhood programs are encouraged to review and understand resources and supports, which includes Know Your Rights and legal resources.

    Additionally, Lurie Children's Hospital and the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition assembled resources and information for DACA recipients regarding their rights, understanding and coping with stress related to the rescission of DACA, and where impacted families and youth can find help.

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    ECBG FY18 Additional One-Time Funding Opportunity for Current Grantees

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has sent Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative grantees a notice for additional FY18 funds. This opportunity is only available to grantees of ISBE (not available for grantees who receive funding through CPS/City of Chicago).

    Applications are due May 4 for Preschool for All (download application for PFA here) and May 10 for Prevention Initiative (download application for PI here). Forms should be emailed to earlychi@isbe.net.

    Note that PFA and PI grantees may request to extend their grant period for FY18 to August 31. This request should be made as soon as possible (or as part of the request for additional funds), and no later than May 31.

    You can find a listing of options current grantees may consider if they choose to apply for additional funds here and information about Pyramid Model summer training opportunities can be found here.

  •  Women & Families Health Conference

    Illinois Women & Families Health Conference

    Please save the date for the Illinois Women & Families Health Conference. The conference will take place on June 5-6th, 2018 at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois at the Bone Student Center. This conference is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Health and the Office of Women's Health and Family Services.
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