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CCAP Restrictions Leave OHU’s Joliet Center Nearly Empty

Photo by Eric Ginnard
Photo by Eric Ginnard

One Hope United was recently featured in The Joliet Herald-News in a story about how stricter Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) rules are adversely impacting working families seeking affordable, high-quality child care in the Joliet, IL area.

OHU’s Joliet Early Learning Center opened this year after extensive renovations of the facility, made in part with a $3.14 million grant from the state of Illinois.  The center has the capacity to serve 212 children but currently has just 22 children enrolled.

OHU chose the Joliet community for this state-of-the-art center based in part on the high need in the community for top-notch child care.

“That’s the irony in all of this,” Beth Lakier, OHU’s Executive Vice President of Early Learning, told the Herald-News. “The state recognized this as a community in need, but they’ve essentially invested in an empty building.”

Read the full story online and then learn how you can get involved to ensure that all families have access to early learning programs that set their children up for lifelong learning and success.

Bridgeport II Receives Gold Circle of Quality Designation from ExceleRate Illinois

BRIDGEPORT CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER II RECEIVES EXCELERATE ILLINOIS GOLD CIRCLE OF QUALITY DESIGNATION

Shows Continuous Quality Improvement Commitment to Children in Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – August 4, 2014 – Bridgeport Child Development Center II received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

“Every early learning and development provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority,” said Theresa Hawley, executive director, Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. “The higher the designation, the higher the provider’s demonstrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children’s early learning needs,” she said.

“We are proud to receive the Gold Circle of Quality,” said Karina Dixon, Bridgeport Child Development Center II. “Providing quality in early learning and development will help our children in Chicago be better prepared for success in school and in life.”

ExceleRate Illinois helps families make more informed choices about their children’s early learning. It establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. Additionally, it provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Research in science and brain development shows that children who are more meaningfully engaged in early learning experiences from infancy through the first five years of life are more likely to be successful in school and in life. With the right engagement, children can form a healthy foundation of neural pathways in the brain, which impact their ability to think, react, process and grow.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes Licensed Child care Centers, Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Licensed Family and Group Child Care Homes will be included next year.

For more information or to find a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency in your area, visit: www.ExceleRateIllinois.com.

ExceleRate Illinois is administered through INCCRRA under the joint direction of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Contact:
Karina Dixon
(312) 949-4015
kdixon@onehopeunited.org

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