The Illinois Early Learning Council Integration and Alignment Committee’s Mixed Delivery System Ad Hoc Committee was convened in 2018 and charged with addressing issues programs and families face when developing and accessing a robust early childhood Mixed Delivery System (with services delivered in both schools and community-based settings like child care and Head Start centers) in Illinois. The report provides more detail on the process of inquiry, the findings, and the recommendations. The Committee has included a detailed rationale for each recommendation, a vision for the future of Illinois, and proposed next steps. Implementing the recommendations proposed is a first step in developing a fully functioning, accessible, and reliable Mixed Delivery System which is vital to the future of Illinois, its children and its families.
Click here to read the full report.
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).
Cover letters and resumes should be sent to the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development c/o GOV.OECD@Illinois.gov.
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.
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.
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,
Read the interim 2017 Illinois Early Childhood Workforce Survey Report
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