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U.S. Department of Treasury Releases Report on Child Care Supply

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released a report ...
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Governor Announces $200M Investment in the Illinois Child Care Workforce

Governor Pritzker has announced a $200 million investment of federal ...
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Illinois Adopts CDC’s COVID-19 Guidances for Schools, Child Care

These guidances were updated on August 5, 2021 to recommend ...
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Governor Pritzker Expands Financial Assistance for Child Care Providers and Families

New update available (September 2021) Governor Pritzker has announced an ...
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Infant/Toddler Slots

The map below is part of the Illinois Early Childhood Dashboard section ...
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DCFS Updates Guidance for Licensed Day Care & License Exempt School Age Care

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has ...
DCFS Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Child Care Licensing Standards

DCFS Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Child Care Licensing Standards

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is ...
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CDC Releases New Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs During COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released ...
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U.S. Congress Passes American Rescue Plan Act

Earlier this week, House lawmakers sent a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 ...
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Illinois Child Care Group Sizes and Ratios Restored to Pre-Pandemic Levels

News from the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development: Group ...
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Governor Announces Additional Funding for Illinois Child Care Providers

Governor Pritzker is directing additional funding to support child care ...
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Year-End COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $10 Billion for Child Care

Congress has passed a $900 billion end-of-the-year relief bill that ...
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NAEYC Survey: Illinois Providers are Sacrificing to Stay Open

A new national survey of more than 6,000 child care ...
Illinois Action for Children Releases Early Care and Education Policy Agenda

Illinois Action for Children Releases Early Care and Education Policy Agenda

Illinois Action for Children's Sylvia Cotton Center for Research and ...
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Report Shows Gaps in Illinois Child Care Supply and Need

A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center uses child ...
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Infographic: What Data Can Tell Us About COVID-19 and Child Care

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Education (GOECD) is providing ...
DCFS Updates Licensing Standards for Day Care Homes and Centers

DCFS Updates Licensing Standards for Day Care Homes and Centers

From DCFS: In light of the extreme circumstances related to ...
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Governor Pritzker Announces $156M in Funding to Child Care Providers Across State

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) ...
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Newly Released: Report on Child Care in Cook County 2020

The Sylvia Cotton Center for Research & Policy Innovation powered ...
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DCFS Releases Licensed Day Care Guidance

This guidance was updated on June 2nd, 2021. The Illinois ...
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State Announces $270M in Child Care Funding

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services ...
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From Our Corner: Early Care and Education in the Age of COVID-19

Illinois early childhood expert Dr. Rebecca Swartz responds to a ...
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Governor Pritzker Announces $270M Grant Program for Illinois Child Care Providers

The Governor's Office has announced a $270 million Child Care ...
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Senators Introduce Bill to Provide Relief to Child Care Sector

Three U.S. senators have introduced the Child Care is Essential Act – ...
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Federal Small Business Relief Programs Replenished

A new bill, passed this week, will replenish funding for ...
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Key Early Care and Education Resources for Parents & Providers During the COVID-19 Crisis

Early care and education information for essential worker parents and ...
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Child Care Organizations Call for More Federal Relief

In a new letter to Congress, a dozen national child ...
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Illinois to Pick Up Child Care Tab for Essential Workers

Note: the information in this article is from April 2020 ...
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INCCRRA Launches Early Learning Helpline

The statewide network of Illinois Child Care Resource and Referral ...
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IDHS Increases Maximum Child Care Payment Rates for Providers

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has announced a ...
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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Support Nonprofit Child Care Providers

This week two members of Congress introduced the bipartisan Small ...
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New Child Care Data Available

IECAM has recently updated its database to include FY2018 information ...
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Data Update: Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

IECAM has updated its database to include FY2017 Child Care ...
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Data Update: Before and After School Care

IECAM has updated its tabular database to include 2017 data ...
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More Illinois Families Now Eligible for Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has relaxed the ...
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Data Update: Child Care Program Accreditation

The data team at IECAM has updated the child care ...
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Child Care and Early Education Equity Action Agenda Released

CLASP has released a state action agenda describing key state ...
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New Report Examines How CCR&Rs Can Help Communities Meet Child Care Supply and Demand Needs

A new report from ChildCare Aware examines state-funded CCR&Rs (Child ...
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CLASP Report Points to Inequitable Access to Child Care Subsidies

A new policy analysis from the Center for Law and ...
Research Brief Provides Tips on How to Engage Home-Based Child Care Providers in Research

Research Brief Provides Tips on How to Engage Home-Based Child Care Providers in Research

This research report from Urban Institute offers nine tips for ...
Erikson Institute Releases New Research Report on Family Child Care Service Networks

Erikson Institute Releases New Research Report on Family Child Care Service Networks

A new research report from Erikson Institute contributes to our ...
Children, Centers, and Homes Outside Illinois

Children, Centers, and Homes Outside Illinois

These files present details on: (1) children reported as living ...
Licensed Family Child Care Homes in ExceleRate Program

Licensed Family Child Care Homes in ExceleRate Program

Latest data: FY2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) ...
Licensed Child Care Centers in ExceleRate program

Licensed Child Care Centers in ExceleRate program

Latest data: FY2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) ...
IDHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

IDHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Latest data: FY2020 (July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020) The Illinois ...
Before and After School Care

Before and After School Care

Before and After School Care by fiscal year (July 1 ...
Child Care Program Accreditations

Child Care Program Accreditations

Child care program accreditations by fiscal year (July 1 – ...
Licensed Family Child Care Homes

Licensed Family Child Care Homes

Latest data: FY2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020) ...
License-Exempt Child Care Centers

License-Exempt Child Care Centers

Latest data: FY2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020) ...
Licensed Child Care Centers

Licensed Child Care Centers

Latest data: FY2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) ...
Child Care Data on IECAM

Child Care Data on IECAM

Provides definitions and descriptions of elements of the child care ...