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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 - FY 2018 Preschool for All Expansion State RFP Released
  3. Article number 3 - Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge: The Illinois Story
  4. Article number 4 - ECBG Full Re-Competition Delayed until FY 2019
  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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    FY 2018 Preschool for All Expansion State RFP Released

    The FY 2018 Preschool for All Expansion State RFP has been released. The due date for submittal is 4 p.m. on Sept. 18. The application must be completed in eGMS. Eligible applicants must submit the FY18 Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal - Preschool for All Expansion 3 to 5 Years to access the RFP system in IWAS in order to apply. The intent to apply deadline is Sept. 8. The following entities outside the City of Chicago may apply: Regional Offices of Education, public school districts, university laboratory schools approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), charter schools, area vocational centers, and public or private not-for-profit or for-profit entities with experience in providing educational, health, social, and/or child development services to young children and their families are eligible to submit a proposal for the Preschool for All Expansion program for 3- to 5-year-olds. A separate appropriation has been award to City of Chicago District #299. Questions may be directed to the Early Childhood Division 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.

  • ECBG Full Re-Competition Delayed until FY 2019

    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.

  •  Introducing ExceleRate Illinois!

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

    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.

    Learn more about ExceleRate Illinois! Provider Website Parent Website

    Watch an introductory video here!

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