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.
PowerPoint Presentation Joellyn Whitehead, Director of Data & Research at INCCRR, gave at the June Early Learning Council meeting.
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.
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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.
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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