Policy Resource

Illinois Develops Online Portal to Support Family Child Care Professionals

Sep 20, 2016

Town Square connects FCC professionals to more than 75 resources to help them provide high quality care and encourages peer-to-peer sharing through a member-only area. Resources are provided in a variety of formats.

There are 10,000 licensed family child care (FCC) providers in Illinois and many more who are license-exempt. Recognizing that these professionals are often isolated and have unique challenges, Illinois developed a new online portal for FCC providers. Town Square connects FCC professionals to more than 75 resources to help them provide high quality care and encourages peer-to-peer sharing through a member-only area. Resources are provided in a variety of formats (videos, modules, webinars, reports, blog articles, activity sheets, and handouts) and focus on topics such as child development, best practices in FCC, running a small business, and wellness. The website also includes new professional development materials that meet requirements for Illinois’ FCC credential and QRIS in the environment management and technology use content areas. Illinois contracted with the Erikson Institute to develop the website. It was funded through the state’s Early Learning Challenge grant. Over 50 providers registered for the site in the first two weeks after it launched in January.

Explore more from Professional Development in States

  • Article

    New York's Educational Incentive Program

    The Educational Incentive Program (EIP) is a scholarship program which helps providers pay for training and educational activities with the intent to build provider knowledge, skills and competencies…

  • Article

    Arizona Kith & Kin Project

    The Association for Supportive Child Care developed the Arizona Kith & Kin Project in 1999 to strengthen the quality of friends and family ("kith and kin") child care providers.

  • Article

    Nebraska's Birth to 5 Social-Emotional Curriculum

    The goal of the Social-Emotional & Behavioral Development, Ages Birth to Five curriculum is to promote provider screening for these issues with the consistent utilization of a standardized, validated…

Explore More Illinois Focused Resources & Initiatives