Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development

Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development OECD leads the State's initiatives to create an integrated system of high quality early learning and development programs for all children. The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD) leads the state’s initiatives to create an integrated system of quality, early learning and development programs to help give all Illinois children a strong educational foundation before they begin kindergarten.
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Research shows that children with a solid educational foundation in their first five years are significantly more likely to be successful in school, college, career and life. Governor Quinn created the Office of Early Childhood Development in 2009 to focus the state’s efforts and maximize its investment in early learning programs. Quality, early childhood education is a cost-effective strategy to promote growth. Every dollar invested in early education saves $7 in special education, public assistance, corrections and lost taxes. OECD activities: -Manage the Early Learning Council, a public private partnership that helps improve the lives of Illinois children and families -Oversee ExceleRate Illinois, the new Quality Rating and Improvement System for early learning and development programs -Oversee the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, including pilot projects on Coordinated Intake and Community Systems Development -Convene and collaborate with state agencies focused on children and families (such as Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois State Board of Education) to address common issues -Strengthen training and supports for early learning workforce -Serve as a resource for parents, families and child care providers -Direct the Early Learning Challenge and Innovation Zones -Gather data to inform policymaking For more information on the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development, visit our website at http://earlychildhood.illinois.gov.

Mission: In collaboration with the Illinois Early Learning Council and funded by the Federal Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant, OECD aims to ensure that the most at-risk children in the State have access to high quality early learning and development programs. OECD aims for at least 80% of children entering kindergarten in Illinois to enter well-prepared, healthy, and ready to learn thanks to a high quality early learning program by the year 2021.

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development has released an infographic highlighting Illinois' Race to the Top ...
08/04/2016
www.illinois.gov

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development has released an infographic highlighting Illinois' Race to the Top -Early Learning Challenge Grant work as of the close of 2015. Please click the link below to see our progress:

08/02/2016
ZIKA VIRUS BRIEFING FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Prevention and Family Planning Messaging for Sexual Transmission

In order to help combat the spread of the Zika Virus, the Illinois Department of Public Health will be hosting a community partners webinar briefing titled, "Prevention and Family Planning Messaging for Sexual Transmission". The purpose of the webinar is to provide information on the latest guidelines, transmission updates, and prevention messages.

Register below for the Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 10:00-11:00am CST event.

07/01/2016
Early Learning Insights - June 30, 2016 - Summer Issue I

We hope everyone is enjoying their summers and looking forward to a great Fourth of July weekend! Please check out our first summer issue of Early Learning Insights to get the latest updates on the Office of Early Childhood Development and news from the Early Childhood field:

The draft is currently open for feedback and will be finalized in time for a Summit in the Fall of this year. IDCFS Director, George Sheldon, encourages participation in finalizing the Illinois plan and states in the draft, "We want people from throughout our system - from investigators and case ma...

"It's really about the interactions between teachers and children that create high quality learning programs; and our st...
05/13/2016
Diana Rauner Joins Governor For School Tour

"It's really about the interactions between teachers and children that create high quality learning programs; and our state has invested tremendously in programs like ExceleRate."

- Diana Rauner, First Lady of Illinois

As the governor continues to tour the state urging for more money for education, his wife joined him for a visit in Springfield Thursday.First Lady of Illinois Diana Rauner joined the governor at Lincoln Land Community College's Early Childhood Education C

Education at The Chicago Reporter
04/08/2016
Education at The Chicago Reporter

Education at The Chicago Reporter

Eleven communities around the state are part of the federally funded Innovation Zones initiative, which launched in fall of 2013. They're trying new strategies aimed at getting more children who could benefit from early learning into programs that have space.

Here's our look at some of the work happening in the zones — from Altgeld Gardens and Austin to Cicero and Aurora — that's focused on boosting enrollment and involving parents. While state officials say these zones have been "bright spots" in early learning work, some advocates say cuts and the state's budget impasse have made their work more difficult.

Illinois has directed some of our Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge funds towards a project with Erikson Institut...
02/08/2016
Town Square

Illinois has directed some of our Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge funds towards a project with Erikson Institute designed to address the unique needs of family child care professionals through an online portal, Town Square:

on your own. but not alone.

12/02/2015
Early Learning Insights - December 1, 2015

To see what we've been up to lately, check out our December edition of the Early Insights Newsletter!

The remaining funds will be used towards the development or purchase of monitoring application software and an automated, online application system. When fully functional, the software is anticipated to improve time-management, streamline the monitoring process for DCLRS and the application process…

Partner Plan Act has some great webinars on innovation communities coming up on Dec. 10th and January 14th.  Check out t...
11/24/2015
Partner Plan Act | Webinars

Partner Plan Act has some great webinars on innovation communities coming up on Dec. 10th and January 14th. Check out the link below for details and registration information!

Join the Consortium for Community Systems Development for a series of webinars highlighting the accomplishments and lessons learned from the Illinois Childhood Innovation Zones. Each hour-long webinar will look at strategies implemented by the communities statewide. Webinar registration links can be…

10/09/2015
Early Learning Insights - October 9, 2015

After a short hiatus, we have a new issue of Early Learning Insights! Click on the link to see the latest updates on what projects the Office of Early Childhood Development and our partners have been involved in.

It's your LAST CHANCE to register for the Sharing A Vision Conference, taking place from September 28-30th in Springfiel...
09/10/2015
Sharing a Vision 2015 Registration

It's your LAST CHANCE to register for the Sharing A Vision Conference, taking place from September 28-30th in Springfield. Don't miss the opportunity to learn some great information on early learning, and to see the first Award of Excellence winners honored! Register by Monday, September 14th.

The Illinois Subdivision of the Division for Early Childhood (IDEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a nonprofit organization advocating for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families.

08/07/2015

Can you believe the start of the school year is just around the corner? What do you do to best prepare yourself to get back into "school mode" and ensure you are adequately prepared to serve our State's youngest learners?

Did you receive Early Learning Insights this morning? If not, check it out here and click the link in the newsletter to ...
08/04/2015
Celebrating Excellence in Schools - Preschool Expansion Update - Like us on Facebook!

Did you receive Early Learning Insights this morning? If not, check it out here and click the link in the newsletter to subscribe:

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development is pleased to announce the first eight winners of the ExceleRate Illinois Award of Excellence in the area of Inclusion of Children with Special Needs. Once a program has achieved the Gold Circle of Quality designation in ExceleRate Illinois, it i…

With the end of summer just around the corner and the school year starting up so soon, it's important to know your child...
08/03/2015
www.excelerateillinois.com

With the end of summer just around the corner and the school year starting up so soon, it's important to know your children are in a high-quality early learning program that will prepare them for life and for success. If you need help finding a program in your area, use the ExceleRate Illinois early learning database to find more information: http://www.excelerateillinois.com/provider-search

Early Bird Registration for the Sharing A Vision 2015 Conference in Springfield, taking place from Sept. 28-30th, ends t...
07/30/2015
Sharing a Vision 2015 Registration

Early Bird Registration for the Sharing A Vision 2015 Conference in Springfield, taking place from Sept. 28-30th, ends tomorrow! This year, we'll be honoring our first Award of Excellence winners at a special reception during the conference. Don't miss out - register today!

The Illinois Subdivision of the Division for Early Childhood (IDEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a nonprofit organization advocating for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families.

Last week, the majority of our office attended the National Build Initiative Quality Ratings and Improvement Meeting and...
07/24/2015
2015 QRIS National Meeting | QRIS National Learning Network |

Last week, the majority of our office attended the National Build Initiative Quality Ratings and Improvement Meeting and the State & Territory Administrators Meeting. Representatives from Illinois spoke on implementing a QRIS in Head Start programs, integrating inclusive practices, and strengthening family partnerships. See some preliminary photos and background info from the conference here: www.qrisnetwork.org/conference/2015-qris-national-meeting

Expect more information and details on the conference soon!

Home > National Meeting 2015 National Meeting 2015 QRIS National Meeting  Agenda at a GlanceWednesday, July 151:00 pm Welcome and Opening1:15 pm Making the Most of the QRIS Meeting1:30 pm Plenary Session: Taking Quality to Scale3:00 pm Break3:15 - 4:45 pm Breakout Sessions5:00 - 7:00 pm Sponsors' N…

Have you subscribed to the OECD monthly newsletter? Read the July version below, and look forward to the next copy on Au...
07/21/2015
IN THIS ISSUE: Health Meets Early Learning, Awards Partner for Excellence, Illinois Featured...

Have you subscribed to the OECD monthly newsletter? Read the July version below, and look forward to the next copy on August 4th.

To be added to the newsletter listserv, contact [email protected].

Two ELC subcommittees recently produced reports on child health and well-being. The Systems Integration and Alignment Committee's Health Subcommittee (SIAC) published a report and proposal to integrate health into early care and education systems with a particular focus on integrating health into po…

07/21/2015

Welcome to the OECD page! We're excited to join the social media world. Look forward to posts about what we're up to, what we stand for, and what's new in the education world.

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