Did you know that DCFS historically published the number of licensed centers that had closed over time? These reports used to be made public and shared to make sure that the information could be used by everyone; however, DCFS no longer publishes this information, possibly because the report is not one to be proud of.…

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In case you missed it, last week we sent out an update from DCFS about a new portal that has been created that will allow owners/directors to check the status of background clearances for staff. We are excited for this update because it means we will not need to wait to hear from reps to…

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FROM: DCFS Announcements The DCFS Division of Licensing is pleased to announce that the Background Check Portal is now live on the DCFS website and the Sunshine website. The background check portal allows licensed providers to: Conduct a fingerprint search. Check the status of background checks for all agency and institution and day care center employees. Obtain…

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Do you wish you could provide better benefits for your employees? We hear that a lot when we talk to you! The teachers working in our programs NEED health insurance, for example, and the lack of this benefit causes many staff to leave your centers and even the field.. Like you, we know health insurance…

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It is election season here in Illinois, and we wanted to make sure that everyone is ready to get out and cast their votes! Please make sure that you are registered to vote by October 23. You can register to vote by visiting the State Board of Elections website (www.elections.il.gov) and selecting “Online Voter Registration.”…

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Last week, ILDOCC travelled to Edwardsville to meet with one of our wonderful members, Jennie Fuller. Jennie owns two programs in the Edwardsville area, which is located in southern Illinois only 30 miles from St. Louis. She has been working in our industry for a long time, has such a passion for early childhood, and believes…

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As we shared with you a few weeks ago, DCFS did agree to extend the 3-hour rule to May 31, 2023. On September 8, 2022, an updated Licensed Daycare Guidance was issued. This guidance reflects the extension of the 3-hour rule. We often hear reports that there is a lack of communication from your reps for…

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Just a few short weeks ago, we shared with you that ILDOCC, CCAU, and SIECAT had plans to meet with DCFS regarding the 3-hour rule. After the meeting, we also shared with you that we felt as though this had been one of the most productive meetings we have had so far with the Department.…

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A new school year has started, and we know this can bring a lot of changes to our programs. We know you are all busier than ever right now, but we hope you recognize your value to us here at ILDOCC headquarters. We cannot thank you enough for all for your support to ILDOCC. The…

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Remember when ILDOCC teamed up with CCAU and SIECAT to hold 30-minute forums with each gubernatorial candidate? Not all said yes, but Bailey, Sullivan, and Pritzker appeared, separately, to answer our questions. Foremost on our minds here at ILDOCC was the 3-hour rule and keeping that in place, which we expressed to Gov. Pritzker. ILDOCC…

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