▪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.
Illinois is one of thirteen states to receive the federal Preschool Expansion Grant, totaling $80M of investment in early learning over the next four years. The funds will enable the state to increase the number of high quality pre-k slots by more than 3,000 across the state. Learn more about Illinois’ plan.
Due to delays in the release of the Requests for Proposals, the full re-competition of the ECBG is being delayed until FY 2019, pending final Board approval. Currently funded Preschool for All (PFA), Preschool for All Expansion (PFAE), and Prevention Initiative (PI) grantees will receive continuation funding for FY 2018 and will complete continuation applications. For FY 2018, there will be two RFPs, one for PFAE and one for PI, released in May 2017 that will be open to new applicants and continuing programs. Awards for these two RFPs will be based on additional funding being appropriated to the ECBG.
For the full re-competition for FY 2019, there will be three RFPs: 1) Preschool for All, 2) Preschool for All Expansion, and 3) Prevention Initiative. The anticipated release date for these RFPs is fall/winter 2017. Information will continue to be posted on the Early Childhood RFP webpage.
This Quality Rating and Improvement System provides a process for pursuing quality efforts that will help providers and improve developmental skills among the children they serve. ExceleRate Illinois also provides standards, guidelines, resources and supports to help create better quality outcomes.
Most importantly, the program helps accelerate excellence in early learning and development in the State of Illinois.
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