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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Last Wednesday, ILDOCC participated in a forum with Governor Pritzker alongside CCAU and SIECAT. This was an opportunity for 3 organizations in the childcare field to ask the Governor directly about issues facing our industry. For us at ILDOCC, we were anxious to present your real-life concerns that you face daily inside your center and…

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On July 5, 2022 (after a holiday weekend of course) a new policy guidance was issued by DCFS. Many center directors/owners were not sent this new guidance until days after it was issued, and some still have not been notified. One of the most significant changes in the newest guidance is that the ability to…

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Child Care Advocates United (CCAU) alongside Illinois Directors/Owners of Childcare Centers (ILDOCC) and Southern Illinois Early Childhood Action Team (SIECAT) are hosting a series of virtual meet and greet events in preparation for the 2022 Gubernatorial Race. We have extended invitations to each Gubernatorial candidate to participate in an evening that they can share in…

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We are writing you today to let you know about a big win for the industry and ILDOCC. As we previously mentioned, there is a new training requirement for all childcare staff to complete a social/emotional training by July 1, 2022. This information was only shared with directors a few weeks ago and left them with only a…

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