An African American teacher watching a young girl paint in a day care setting

Governor Pritzker has announced a $200 million investment of federal funds for additional training, mentorships, and scholarships to pursue credentials for the child care workforce over the next two years. On July 28th, 2021 he signed HB 2878 authorizing the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to create the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity to distribute the new funding.

This partnership between the state’s community colleges and public universities will help incumbent workers upskill efficiently and with little disruption to their current employment, positioning them for higher wages and advancement. With the childcare workforce made up predominantly by women, and particularly women of color, this initiative focuses on advancing equity while meeting the needs of early childhood educators to help better serve children and families.

The bill also creates a 30-member advisory committee for the consortium to submit a report to the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office on an annual basis.

More details about this bill can be found in the Governor’s Office press release.