Reflecting back on 2023, it has been a successful year overall for ILDOCC. Over the past 12 months, we have advocated for directors/owners across the state on a number of different issues.
Here is a look back at some of our biggest accomplishments of 2023:
- Many months were spent fighting for the 3 hour rule to continue. In the beginning of the year, it was determined the 3 hour rule would expire on June 30, 2023. We spent countless hours meeting with state legislators, DCFS, other ECE advocacy groups, and media to educate them on the value of the 3 hour rule and the importance for it to continue.
- ILDOCC held a successful subject matter hearing up at the State Capitol building on teacher qualifications. We had the opportunity to address our opposition in front of law makers and build the case for the importance of valuing on the job experience. This hearing was well received by law makers, and we made progress in shedding some light on this important subject.
- We met with many legislators over the year, and we have made strong relationships with several of them. These relationships are vital in the work ILDOCC is doing, and it is these connections that will help us with future legislation.
- We developed relationships with other advocacy groups for early childhood in order to work together on similar goals. There is strength in numbers, and the coalition we are developing with other groups is something we will be working on more in the future to improve childcare in Illinois.
These are just a few examples of the work that is being done on your behalf. Your membership dollars are going to important work, and we want to make sure you see the benefits of that work.
If you use the 3 hour rule regularly in your program and this has been helpful to you in staffing your program, please become a paid member! It’s legislation like the 3 hour rule that we continue to bring and we do hope it’s of value to you and your program. Remember, all of this work is done by volunteers that own and operate programs themselves, and the work is hard and long. You can know that your dollars go directly to our paid lobbyist in Springfield. We can’t do this without this representation.
Also, if you are interested in working with us directly, please send us an email! We welcome more participation from the field and we believe it’s a great way to spend your time!