Child Care Resource Service | Illinois

Office Hours
8:30 am- 4:30 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday

Phone Hours
8:30 am- 3:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
11:00 am- 3:00 pm
Tuesday

State and National Links for Child Care Providers

State and National Links for Child Care Providers

Advocate for children! Stay current on child care issues by connecting with child care provider organizations in the state and at the national level.

National Accreditation and Credentialing Programs

COA- Council on Accreditation (School-Age Accreditation)
NAC- National Association of Child Care Professionals (National Accreditation Commission)
NAFCC- National Association of Family Child Care Accreditation
NAEYC- National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation
NECPA- National Early Childhood Program Accreditation
CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential- Council for Professional Recognition
CCP (Child Care Professional) Creditional and NAC (National Administrator Credential)- National Child Care Association

State Credentialing Program

Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credentials:

ECE- Illinois Early Childhood Education Credential
IDC- Illinois Directors Credential
ITC- Infant Toddler Credential
Level 1 ECE Credential

State of Illinois

Providers wanting information about the new state initiative "Preschool For All" can find information on the Illinois State Board of Education or the Illinois Early Learning Council at the link below.

Preschool for All
Early Childhood Education Division
100 N. First, E-225
Springfield, IL 62777
217/524-4835
www.isbe.net/earlychi.org

Gateways to Opportunity
1226 Towanda Plaza
Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone: 888-548-8080
Email: info@ilgateways.com          Web: www.ilgateways.com

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)   
1743 W. Alexander St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
1-800-359-3817    Web: www.nafcc.org

PSO/Illinois Child Care Association
310 East Adams
Springfield, Illinois 62701
1(877)912-ICCA (4222)
email: psoicca@sbcglobal.net      

Federal/National Issues

National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC)
1743 W. Alexander St.
Salt Lake City, Utah 64119
Phone: 1-800-359-3817
Fax: 801-268-9507
Email: nafcc@nafcc.org
Website: www.nafcc.org

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1313 L St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-424-2460
Email: naeyc@naeyc.org
website: www.naeyc.org

National Association of Child Care Professionals
P.O. Box 90723
7610 E Hwy 71 West
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 301-5557
(800) 537-1118
(512) 301-5080 FAX
email: admin@naccp.org
website: www.naccp.org

National Child Care Association
1325 G Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
800-543-7161
Email: info@nccanet.org
Website: www.nccanet.org

Worldwide Advocacy

Child Welfare League of America
The Child Welfare League (CWLA) advocates on behalf of the nation's most vulnerable children and families to ensure their voices are heard in the White House and in the halls of Congress. www.cwla.org

National Association of Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)
NACCRRA provides national leadership to building quality child care systems, community by community and neighborhood by neighborhood. www.naccrra.org

Stand for Children
Stand for Children is a nonpartisan national organization whose members, chapters, and staff are working to ensure that all children have the opportunity to grown up healthy, educated and safe. www.stand.org

Teaching Strategies
Site offers hundreds of pages of free materials for educators, recommended links, articles by prominent authors, and resources. www.TeachingStrategies.com

Zero to Three
The nation's leading resource on the first three years of life. www.zerotothree.org

Worthy Wage Network
The Worthy Wage Network is a broad-based, easy-to-join "mobilization" of teachers, providers, directors, parents, and allies of all kinds, calling for a major investment of public funds that is directly targeted to improving child care jobs.  Site is working to be the premiere source of information on child care workforce issues. www.ccw.cleverspin.com/about_wage.html

Center for the Child Care Workforce
The center for the Child Care Workforce (CCW) is a nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization.  They are committed to improving child care quality by upgrading the compensation, working conditions and training of child care teachers and family child care providers.  They want to create a unified and powerful voice for the child care workforce. www.ccw.org

Mathematica Policy Research
Site offers the latest research on new policy briefs, reports, journal articles and other work. www.mathematica-mpr.com

National Black Child Development Institute (African American Early Childhood Resource Center)
The African American Early Childhood Resource Center is a major initiative to build diverse leadership in the early care and education field. www.nbcdi.org

National Network for Child Care
Site offers information on a variety of topics relevant to child care providers, including child development, health and safety, activities and curricula, children's books, funding, and public policy. www.nncc.org

Civitas Initiative
Civitas transforms leading edge research into practical information for parents, caregivers and frontline professionals. www.civitas.org

Children's Defense Fund
The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind.  It provides a strong voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. www.childrensdefense.org

Voices for Illinois Children
Voices for Illinois Children is an advocacy group for children.  They have had many ads on radio and TV lately for better wages and training for child care providers and the importance of early learning. www.voices4kids.org

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
This site offers several links about school violence and efforts to prevent youth violence and delinquency. www.fightcrime.org

HelpSource
Provides information on resources available in Champaign, Douglas, Iroqoius, Macon, Piatt and Vermilion Counties www.helpsource.org/search/search.php

INCCRRA (Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies)
Helps locate resource and referral agencies that serve other counties in Illinois, supplies information to both parents and the public regarding child care, and provides information on training opportunities for providers .http://www.inccrra.org