The Option in Child Care Education (known for publicity purposes as the ABC/Associate's to Bachelor's in Child Care) is a cooperative effort of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, the School of Extended Learning, and selected community colleges. Designed for non-traditional students who require flexible access to courses, it includes 60 hours of coursework offered exclusively online.
In addition to financial aid options of the university, ABC program students are encouraged to apply to the Gateway Scholarship Program Early Childhood Illinois Project Office. Through the Gateway Scholarship Program, beginning students may receive a maximum support of 6 credit hours and continuing students may receive a maximum support of 9 credit hours. If students are awarded a Gateway Scholarship Program scholarship, a significant portion of their tuition expenses will be paid.