Legislative Update

This year ILDOCC is working on four childcare bills with our legislative partners to bring real positive change. Read the language of the bills here and stay involved with this important process. Together we can get this work done! HB 4412: House sponsor – Representative Dave Vella Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Child Care Act…

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Bills to keep an eye on …

ILDOCC spent the last few months working hard to prepare for this legislative session. We have been meeting with legislators and drafting language for bills to help childcare centers across the state. As the legislative session begins, we want to share some important bills to keep an eye on that ILDOCC has been working on.…

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2023 Review

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…

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3 Hour Rule Update

As previously mentioned, the 3 hour rule will continue on after the deadline of the emergency rules on October 29, 2023. The permanent rule will be officially released sometime next week, but we wanted members to be aware of the upcoming changes. Assistants will continue to be able to lead classrooms with children 2 years…

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JCAR Meeting 10-17-23

If you missed the opportunity to watch the JCAR meeting today, please visit the link below to check out the conversation that took place with DCFS. We highly encourage you to listen in and see the impact we are having with legislators and how much our voices are now being heard. Several JCAR members took…

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Join ILDOCC Now

ILDOCC needs your support! Our organization is growing, and we are seeing some real progress. The recent JCAR meetings are evidence of the work we have put in to make sure legislators know what is going on with our industry. BUT – this work CANNOT continue without the generous $250/year from our members. We have…

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WGN News

WGN Interview In case you missed it … Watch the video above to check out the interview with WGN about the staffing crisis in childcare and the 3 hour rule. DCFS shared examples of two times where violations had been issued to programs for assistants being left in the room, and there were negative outcomes…

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JCAR Meeting

HUGE WIN TODAY!!! By a vote of 11-0, JCAR has suspended the restrictions on the 3 hour emergency ruling leaving only what has been in place for the last 3 years. Please see the attached document from JCAR to see what has been removed. You can also hear the full meeting with JCAR and the…

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ILDOCC needs your support!

During the summer months, ILDOCC spends our time planning for the upcoming year. This is when all of the prep work is completed to begin the plans for the next legislative session. It is also during this time that we begin to develop more relationships with legislators and other early childhood organizations to keep working…

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SURVEY!!

During the recent JCAR meeting, DCFS shared that the 3 hour rule was never intended to be used with children under the age of 2 and that it is contradictory to language in the current 407 standards. We have spoken with members of JCAR on the phone and shared with them that programs have been…

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