On May 31st, the Illinois General Assembly adjourned its regular legislative session after passing a bipartisan FY19 state budget (see below). This year, several pieces of legislation on early childhood passed the General Assembly. You can read highlights below, but for more information, join IAFC for our Session Recap webinar on June 27th! Register here.
Rep. Wallace – Sen. Hutchinson
This bill extends the eligibility period for families in the Child Care Assistance Program CCAP from 6 months to 12 months – a critical change for Illinois to better support our families and regain its status as a leader in early childhood.
Sen. Hutchinson – Rep. Gordon-Booth
This bill temporarily allows for alternative qualifications for Preschool for All (PFA) lead teachers, such as the Gateways ECE Level 5 Credential. The intent is for these teachers to complete their Professional Educators License (PEL) before the 5-year deadline, ultimately growing our pool of PEL teachers in early childhood.
Rep. Hernandez – Sen. Collins
This bill builds off of SB 1829 by affording Gateways Level 5 teachers in community-based PFA programs the chance to secure a PEL through the alternative licensure program while staying in their current jobs. Current law limits supervision of candidates in the alternative licensure program to principals. The bill adds “or qualified equivalent” into statute, which would allow someone other than a principal to play a similar role for those working in community-based organizations.
To hear more about these pieces of legislation and how they impact children, families, and the early childhood field – register for our Session Recap webinar today!
The FY19 state budget includes the following appropriation amounts for early childhood programs:
These investments in the early childhood system are critical to the state’s ability to move the field forward and implement our priorities.
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With the FY19 budget enacted, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has awarded grants for Preschool for All, Preschool for All Expansion, and Prevention Initiative programs for the upcoming fiscal year. The lists of awardees can be found at the links below:
At the end of May, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his commitment to provide every 4-year old in Chicago access to free, full-day preschool. Mayor Emanuel’s plan would include adding between 3,000-5,000 new slots each year until 2021, when the goal is to have 24,000 slots for 4-year olds (currently about 15,000).
Next fall, the City plans to serve an additional 3,700 children and open 180 new full-day 4-year old classrooms.
Illinois Action for Children has released a new report with our partners at COFI on the impact of parent leaders on early learning collaborations that are truly responsive to the needs of diverse families and communities. Read the report here.