Consortium Created to Improve Access to Degree Completion Pathways

This summer, Governor Pritzker signed HB 2878, establishing the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity to strengthen access to high-quality child care in Illinois. The legislation designates an investment of $200 million to be directed by the Consortium towards training, mentorships, and scholarships for the child care workforce to pursue advanced credentials over the next two years.

The Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity, initially proposed through the Illinois Board of Higher Education strategic planning process, is an agreement between Illinois public universities and community colleges, and any private institution that chooses to participate, to cooperate via regional hubs to improve access to associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees and certificates, Gateways credentials and other licensure endorsements.

Consortium efforts will prioritize the incumbent (current) early childhood workforce, including working adults who require programs of study that offer flexibility in times courses are offered, where they are located, and the format.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) are collaborating to convene a Consortium Advisory Committee to guide the operation of the Consortium.

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