Serving Champaign, Douglas, Iroquois, Macon, Piatt and Vermilion, IL Counties
Provider Services (1-800-325-5516 - Option 1)
Resource Specialists make the connection between the community of providers in the child care industry and parents seeking child care referrals. We maintain a database with accurate program information and vacancies for providers in the six counties of Champaign, Douglas, Macon, Piatt, Iroquois and Vermilion.
Provider information may also be used to report statistical information for research to state and government officials. Other services for child care providers include:
- Funding Quality $ - Several programs funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services are to increase the quality of early childcare providers through grants and services. These programs are: __Quality Rating System (QRS)
— Quality Counts Van outreach services,
- — Quality Counts Mini-grants,
- — Professional Development Funds and
- — Accreditation funds and mentoring services.
- Training - DCFS requires 15 hours of continuing education each year for licensed providers. Training events are scheduled and a calendar is published three times a year for workshops and conferences, including where to find
- — CPR/First Aid classes
- — mandated Special Care classes
- — Self Study videos and assessment
- Resource Library - General Resources are available to child care providers listed on the database.
- Licensing Information - Persons interesting in becoming a licensed child care provider can request resources to help them prepare and understand the requirements of the licensing standards. Resource booklets explain the business of starting child care family homes or centers.
- Nurse Consultants - Health and safety workshops and individual consultanting is available to providers on-site. Early Childhood Mental Health services are also available for supporting positive social and behavioral development for children under 5 years of age in child care settings.
- Local Support - CCRS provides information about local Early Childhood Professional Associations who offer opportunities in: leadership building; exchanging ideas; and social connections through monthly membership meetings.
- State and National Links - CCRS maintains current links to organizations that support and inform early childhood professionals.