Legislative Update

This afternoon, the Illinois Senate voted 59-0 in favor of HB 4412. This legislation authorizes providers to find their own third-party vendor to conduct fingerprinting. During the summer, ILDOCC worked with Representative Vella on issues relating to childcare. One important topic that he wanted to work on was the time it is taking for clearances…

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Legislative Update

Another celebration for childcare centers!! This afternoon, an amendment to HB 4491 was filed in the Senate and passed committee with full support. Read the full language of the bill as amended below: HB 4491 – Through June 30, 2029, either a qualified child care director, as described in 89 Ill. Adm. Code 407.130, or a qualified…

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HB 4491 passed the Illinois House!!

This afternoon, the Illinois house voted 110-0 in favor of HB 4491, which allows for staffing flexibility the first and last hour of the day!!! This is a HUGE WIN for childcare, and we want to take some time to thank Representative Faver Dias for sponsoring this bill and spending countless hours working with ILDOCC…

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New state agency passed by the House

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, the Illinois House fully passed the development of a new state agency for early childhood. The Department of Early Childhood (DEC) will take over all areas of early childhood including: licensing for childcare, Early Childhood Block Grants, subsidizing childcare, home visiting, and Early Intervention. The legislation, Senate Bill 1, provides…

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Action Alert! Call your legislators today!

We shared with you a few weeks ago that HB 4491 passed unanimously out of committee. We are hopeful that this bill will be called on the house floor in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please take the time to call your local legislators to ask them to vote YES to HB 4491 and…

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Legislative Update

Today, HB 4491 passed unanimously with a 14-0 vote in House Committee!! There was a lot of great discussion around this legislation during the hearing, and we will be sharing the recording when it is available. Legislators are really paying attention to what is happening in childcare, and they are working hard to help with…

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Call to action!

URGENT CALL TO ACTION! Please visit the link below and submit a witness slip in support of HB 4491. We need as many witness slips in support as possible!! Follow the steps outlined at the end to correctly fill out a witness slip as a PROPONENT of HB 4491. This bill eliminates the need for…

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Legislative Update

Below you will find a list of proposed legislation that impact childcare and providers. Please take some time to read each one. We will share updates on legislation as it progresses and the need for witness slips in support or opposition to each bill. HB 1240 – Childcare Act Qualifications (Rep Steven Reick) Amends the…

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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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