Program Supports

DFSS Training & Technical Assistance Resources for Community Early Learning Organizations

About the Resources

Illinois Action for Children is working with the Department of Family and Support Services to provide training and technical assistance to community-based early learning organizations in the city of Chicago to support long-term sustainability. The training and technical assistance opportunities are focused on supporting sound business practices. If your organization is interested in participating please complete this survey to receive information about upcoming training and technical assistance opportunities.

In addition to recorded webinars, and the development of cohort groups, in April, DFSS sponsored an Early Learning Conference that provided foundational information on topics such as strategic planning, budgeting, optimal programming, serving infants and toddlers, marketing and outreach. The materials below were presented during the conference and are available for you as a resource.

More Information

For additional information, please contact:

Dorothy Turner
773.564.8827
dorothy.turner@actforchildren.org

Resource Library

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All Kids, health care for kids logo

"All Kids is Illinois' program for children who need comprehensive, affordable, health insurance, regardless of immigration status or health condition. Every child deserves the chance to grow up healthy. With All Kids, your children will be able to get the care they need, when they need it. It means you can take your child to the doctor for a regular check-up, to the dentist to fill a cavity, or to the eye doctor to get a prescription for glasses.

To date, there are over 1.6 million Illinois children enrolled in All Kids. If your family, like many hardworking families, cannot afford private health insurance, All Kids may be the answer for you." Learn more...

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View the following Budget Calculator Workshop resources:

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Office of Early Childhood Education

"Early Childhood Education supports students and families by providing early learning programs for children from birth to second grade in a variety of settings.

The Office of Early Childhood Education’s (OECE) mission is to provide all children and their families access to high-quality, equitable early learning experiences leading to success in elementary school and beyond."

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Child Care Aware of America

"Child Care Aware® of America works with more than 400 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide. To achieve our mission, our organization leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, undertakes research, and advocates child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families." Learn more...

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Child Care Law Center

"At the Child Care Law Center, we believe in justice and opportunity for children, families, and child care providers. We make laws work for them, and especially for Black, Latinx, people of color, people with disabilities, and others who have historically been discriminated against." Learn more...

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Childhelp

"At Childhelp, our goal is to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. We focus our efforts on prevention, intervention, treatment, and community outreach. Childhelp programs and services help children from any situation and let them experience the life they deserve: one filled with love. The principle theme across all of our programs is to provide children we serve with an environment of compassion and kindness." Learn more...

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Access the following How to Become a Delegate? Workshop resources: 


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Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) logo

"The mission of Illinois DCFS is to protect children who are reported to be abused or neglected and to increase their families' capacity to safely care for them; provide for the well-being of children in our care; provide appropriate, permanent families as quickly as possible for those children who cannot safely return home; support early intervention and child abuse prevention activities and work in partnerships with communities to fulfill this mission.

Illinois DCFS is the largest child welfare agency to earn accreditation from the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services. From helping more than 15,000 Illinois children find permanent, loving homes though adoption and reunifying over 21,000 children with their birth families over the last decade; to the licensing of nearly 11,000 day care facilities; answering of more than 220,000 calls to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline and provision of services to 60,000 families annually; the department and its 2,600 staff are dedicated to providing unrivaled professional service to ensure safe, loving homes and brighter futures for every child in Illinois." Learn more...

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IDHS Logo

"We know how important it is for you to find quality child care for your child. The Illinois Department of Human Services' (IDHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency are working together to support families to get the information and resources the need to find and select the best child care for their child." Learn more...

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Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) logo

"The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) is a statewide organization which – in partnership with its 16 local Child Care Resources and Referral (CCR&R) agencies – is a recognized leader, catalyst and resource for making high quality, affordable early care and education and school-age care options available for children and families in Illinois." Learn more...

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Access the following Infant Toddler Workshop resources below: 

  • Infant Toddler 101A
  • Infant Toddler Staffing 101B
  • Professional Development Supporting Staff Qualifications
  • Quality Infant Toddler Care
  • Education Requirements for Center-based Infant and Toddler Teachers Staff Qualifications: Steps for Programs to Consider

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#Infant-toddler
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View the following Marketing and Authentic Family and Community Connections Workshop resources:

  • Marketing and Family and Community Engagement Workshop
  • Branding Template
  • Strategies for Engaging Immigrant and Refugee Families
  • Recording of Workshop Videos: Part I | Part II | Part III

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#Marketing

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) logo

"The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and 52 Affiliates, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential." Learn more...

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Access the following Chicago Early Learning Standards resources below:

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#ChicagoEarlyLearning

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How does an organization meet the DFSS 33% requirement? Learn what will and will not qualify and hear strategies on how to successfully raise what you need.

Date: April 4, 2019

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#ProfessionalDevelopment

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Access the following Optimal Programming Workshop resources below: 


#ProgramDesign

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Legal Aid is free representation in civil legal matters for clients who lack the resources to hire an attorney on their own. The American legal system promises equal justice to all citizens, but it’s also enormously complex, and hiring a lawyer to navigate through it can be prohibitively expensive. Too often, the high costs of representation block people living in poverty from participating in the legal system that is meant to protect them. Learn more...

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The value of strategic planning workshop presentation by Alyson Parham Small President and Founder

Access the following Strategic Planning Part 2 Workshop resources below:

  • The Value of Strategic Planning Presentation
  • Recording of Workshop Session Videos: Part I | Part II

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#StrategicPlanning

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Understanding Your Community Using Data for Program Planning and RFP Responses

Access the following Using Community Assessment Data Workshop resources below:

  • Understanding Your Community Handout
  • Recording of Workshop Session Videos: Part I | Part II

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#CommunityEngagement

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Access the following Workforce Professional Development Paths Workshop resources below:

  • Childcare Worker Qualifications in Illinois
  • Professional Development: Organizational Plan Template
  • Professional Development: Personal Plan Template

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#ProfessionalDevelopment

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Access the following Workforce Staffing Needs and Budget Implications resources below:

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#Staff

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