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90 days until no paycheck: Time running out for Illinois child-care providers in subsidy program

10/11/18

It’s hard to dispute the importance of training child-care providers on how to administer CPR or how to properly report suspected child abuse.

But Illinois officials are taking a no-holds-barred attitude toward enforcing the state’s latest round of safety training requirements,…

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CPR and First Aid Assistance Funds

7/9/18

CPR and First Aid Assistance Funds

Illinois Action for Children is committed to assisting child care providers and center staff with meeting health and safety requirements. Child care providers must have a minimum of 1 CCAP child in care…

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Cost of Quality Early Learning Think Tank

6/28/18

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) and Illinois Action for Children hosted a Cost of Quality Early Learning Think Tank on May 16-17, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting provided an opportunity for state and local leaders, advocates,…

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Renewed Appeal from Experts in Child Welfare to Halt the Separation of Children from Parents at the Border

6/20/18

On June 7, 2018, a letter signed by 540 child welfare, juvenile justice, and child development agencies from all 50 states was sent to the Honorable Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to express concerns that the…

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Mayor Emanuel Expands Early Learning – Chicago Tonight

6/14/18

Chicago parents should have more early learning options for their 4-year-olds starting next year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced plans to make full-day pre-kindergarten universal.

Community Involvement at Ford Heights Childhood Center – Daily Southtown

6/14/18

The group outside the Illinois Action for Children Early Learning Center in Ford Heights on Friday wielded shovels, cultivators and other tools. They lugged flats of plants, toted sacks of fertilizer and seeds and hauled hoses as they refreshed the…

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Child Care Assistance in Illinois – One Illinois

6/14/18

For 15 years, Ruth Kimble has provided child care to kids in Chicago’s West Side Austin neighborhood, a service which gave kids safe and stimulating supervision while helping parents work or finish school. But upheaval in the state-run program that…

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Illinois Action for Children Early Head Start and Head Start Annual Report 2018

3/30/18

Early Head Start programs provide access to real educational opportunities for expectant families and children up to three years old. Early Head Start (both home- and center-based programs) includes Parent-Infant Educator visits to the home once per week, a social¬ization…

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Illinois Action for Children and The Ounce of Prevention Fund Respond to Gov. Rauner’s Proposed 2019 Budget

2/14/18

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget includes a mix of small increases and level funding for some early learning programs and a significant cut to the Child Care program. “We know there are more children and…

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Cost of Child Care in Cook County in 2017

12/11/17

Child care is one of a family’s largest expenses. The amount that Cook County families pay for child care varies by region, care setting and the age of their children. On average it costs more than what many families pay…

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