Health and Safety Resources
Introducing Health and Safety Resources!
We know child care involves successes and challenges while preparing children for their future. IAFCs Health and Safety Resources Department (formerly License-exempt Monitoring) is still here to support you in this very important responsibility.
The Health and Safety Resources Department utilizes a strengths-based approach to build meaningful relationships with providers as individuals, while leveraging our holistic understanding of what is needed for high-quality child care that is inclusive of supports for the home environment as well as supports for the provider themselves.
Since 2017, our team of Health and Safety Coaches (formerly known as License-exempt Monitors or LEMs) have served more than 1,000 License-Exempt FFN care providers as a personal contact, providing 1:1 support in a range of child care aspects.
Illinois Action for Children’s Health and Safety Coaches:
- Build and maintain relationships with License-exempt providers who care for children participating in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
- Support these providers in ways that help ensure the children in their care have a safe, healthy and happy environment
- Visit homes where child care is provided to deliver resources that encourage health and safety, such as early learning tools, community resources, and much more!
- Facilitate provider trainings, cohorts, and peer-to-peer learning
- Provide technical assistance (e.g. computer labs) to set providers up for success in the program
- Share additional resources and materials to enhance the delivery of high-quality early childhood experiences to all the children in their care
Our approach is based on meeting providers where they are. That means in their home, at the library, at the park, or whatever we can possibly make work. That also means that we work to build trust, open doors to opportunities, offer encouragement, and guide providers to help them see clearer paths, overcome challenges, and take advantage of opportunities.
You may be eligible to receive all the supports mentioned above if you care for children who participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Your Health and Safety Coach will be able to tell you about additional programs and resources that might help you care for the children.
We would love to get to know you and hear your ideas and answer questions that you might have.
Contact us, today!
Health and Safety Resource Visits
A Health and Safety Coach can come to your home to support you in your child care by sharing information and offering resources. During the visit, they will provide you with materials that will enhance your home caregiving environment and the development of your children.
We would love to get to know you and hear your ideas and questions that you might have. Please see contact information below.
Your Health and Safety Coach will be able to tell you about additional programs and resources that might help you care for the children.
Only License-Exempt providers are eligible for Resource visits.
For more information call or email:
Health & Safety Improvement Funds – License Exempt Care | En Español
Are you a Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) License Exempt Child Care provider in need of materials and equipment to address health and safety needs?
You may qualify for an improvement grant for the purchase of health and safety materials such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguisher, safety locks/plugs, children’s play material and more.
This program is available to license exempt homes and centers operating in Cook County. Programs outside of Cook County must contact the Illinois Network of Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRA) at 1.800.649.1884 or online at www.inccrra.org to find your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R).
For more information on this program or to find out if you qualify, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please fill out this form and attach your completed FY21 Health & Safety Improvement Funds Application.