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  1. Article number 1 - Resources for Early Childhood Programs Serving Immigrant, Refugee, Undocumented, or Mixed Status Children and Families
  2. Article number 2 - ISBE Releases FY19 Request For Proposals
  3. Article number 3 - Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge: The Illinois Story
  4. Article number 4 - Call For Evaluators: Early Childhood Request For Proposals
  5. Article number 5 - Introducing ExceleRate Illinois, the State's New Quality Rating and Improvement System
  • Resources for Early Childhood Programs Serving Immigrant, Refugee, Undocumented, or Mixed Status Children and Families

    Immigrants and refugees are among the Early Learning Council's priority populations, and ensuring that priority populations have access to high quality early learning programs is the charge of the ELC's All Families Served Subcommittee. The subcommittee has created guidance for early childhood providers to support immigrant and refugee children and families-including families with mixed documentation status. The guide is available in English & Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin. Early childhood programs are encouraged to review and understand resources and supports, which includes Know Your Rights and legal resources. Additionally, Lurie Children's Hospital and the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition assembled resources and information for DACA recipients regarding their rights, understanding and coping with stress related to the rescission of DACA, and where impacted families and youth can find help.
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    ISBE Releases FY19 Request For Proposals

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the FY19 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Preschool for All and Preschool for All Expansion. The first step in applying for these grants is to submit a Notice of Intent to Submit form. The form for Preschool for All can be found here, while the Preschool for All Expansion form is here. The final proposals are due to ISBE by January 12th, 2018 at 4pm. For more information, click here to be directed to ISBE's RFP page. Otherwise, please contact ISBE's Division of Early Childhood Education at (217) 524-4835 or earlychi@isbe.net

  • Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge: The Illinois Story

    With the help of time-limited funding from the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), Illinois was able to build on its legacy as a leader in early learning and lay a foundation that will allow our vision for children to flourish, by:

    ▪Creating a more seamless early childhood system, aligning government agencies, public-private partnerships and local coalitions, and data systems to better serve children and families;

    ▪Supporting the use of evidence-based strategies like the quality recognition and improvement systemto foster continuous improvement;

    ▪Providing stronger education and professional development for the early learning workforce; and

    Reaching more families and children with complex needs so that all children have a bright start in life.

  • Call For Evaluators: Early Childhood Request For Proposals

    ISBE is looking for evaluators for the following Early Childhood Request for Proposals: Prevention Initiative (PI) Birth to Age 3, Preschool for All (PFA) Ages 3-5, Preschool for All Expansion Model (PFAE) State.

    To Apply: Please complete this survey. In submitting this application you are volunteering time and expertise to complete the evaluation of approximately 10 to 20 proposals. Questions may be forwarded to the Early Childhood Division at earlychi@isbe.net.

  • Introducing ExceleRate Illinois, the State's New Quality Rating and Improvement System

    Learn more about the Illinois State Board of Education's (ISBE) Preschool for All and Preschool For All-Expansion Request for Proposals (RFPs) at two upcoming workshops, both held from 10am-3:30pm:

    December 5 in Decatur

    December 12 in Chicago Heights

    The RFPs are due January 12, 2018. There will also be some basic information about the upcoming Prevention Initiative (PI) RFP.

    The workshops, hosted by the B-3 Continuity Project, will cover:

    -Key priorities of the ISBE RFPs

    -Preparing program budget

    -Understanding how to use community data (provided by the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map)

    -Birth-to-3rd grade pipeline: community planning, community systems and comprehensive services

    -Topical discussion groups

    -Question and answer session

    These workshops would be particularly beneficial for communities that have a need but may lack existing program capacity.

    Space is limited and RSVP is requested.

    Questions may be directed to Jessica Duggan at ECBGTA@gmail.com.

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