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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.

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