Funding is available for child care providers listed in the 4-C referral database who are working in a licensed or license-exempt setting including family child care, child care centers, preschools, or school age programs. Once the funds become available after the beginning of our fiscal year (July 1–June 30) we send an email notifying programs that the application forms have been posted to the
4-C website. Funds are allocated on a first come first served basis until all funds are allocated.
New this year: The forms below are for activities completed July – December 2016. Application, activity, and payment must occur within the current funding cycle (July – December 2016). There will be new forms for activities completed January – June 2017.
Individual Professional Development Funds (IPDF) are provided to support center based and family child care providers in pursuit of professional development (i.e. conference/workshop registration fees, transportation/mileage, and fees associated with credentialing processes).
Quality Improvement Funds (QI Funds) are available to support continued quality improvement for child care programs. These funds are designed to assist child care programs to improve program quality and achieve/advance an ExceleRate Illinois Circle of Quality.
The QI Funds are divided in to three areas:
- ExceleRate Illinois Cohorts
- A group of individuals working towards or maintaining an ExceleRate Illinois Circle of Quality participate in training together. Supported by 4-C Quality Specialists, program administrators or family child care owners attend all trainings, complete a program self-assessment, and develop a Continuous Quality Improvement Plan (CQIP). After completing all required steps programs may apply for funds to help achieve objectives on the CQIP.
- Training Stipend
- Licensed child care programs working towards/maintaining an ExceleRate Illinois Circle of Quality may apply for a training stipend. The stipend applies only to the required trainings within an ExceleRate Illinois Circle of Quality and is available only to the minimum staff required to attend the training.
- Accreditation Assistance
- The Accreditation Assistance option is for child care programs that are applying/ maintaining an ExceleRate Illinois Silver or Gold Circle of Quality (centers)/Quality Rating System Star Level (family child care).