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Quality Counts Grants

All legally operating programs listed on the CCR&R database may apply to receive a Quality Counts Child Care grant. These grants have been made available to improve and expand early care and education services in Illinois and are funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). Information will be sent to eligible providers when the grants become available.

Professional Development Funds

All legally operating programs listed on the CCR&R database may apply to receive Professional Development Funds.  These funds are available to support individual pursuit of professional development in early care and education and school-age care and are funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).PDF application

Accreditation Assistance Funds

All legally operating programs listed on the CCR&R database may apply to receive Accreditation Assistance Funds.  These funds support the accreditation of child care programs. These funds are available to assist family child care programs and child care centers with expenses associated with the accreditation process and are funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). Accreditation application

Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship Program

The Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship Program is an individual-based scholarship opportunity for practitioners working in the field of Early Care and Education (ECE). Practitioners working in Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) licensed centers and homes can apply for a Gateways Scholarship.

Great START Wage Supplement Program

The Great START wage supplement program supports the professional preparation and stability of the early childhood workforce through wage supplements. Wage supplements are paid to eligible early care and education professionals who have education above minimum Illinois Department of Children and Family Services licensing requirements and who retain employment at the same child care program.