• 2017 Illinois AEYC Children's Champions

    Mary Wonderlick- Illinois AEYC

    Ashley Earls- Capitol Area AEYC

    Kimberly Hahn- Heart of Illinois AEYC

    Carol Kackert- South Suburban AEYC


  • New DHS Requirements!

    We wanted to be sure everyone is aware of the health, safety and child development requirements effective September 2017.  If you receive CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program) money and you are a licensed or license-exempt center, you will be required to have these minimum training requirements.  

    Here are a couple of useful links to help answer questions.  Please email DHS at DHS.ccap-reauth@illinois.com with any questions, comments or concerns.  

    http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=92746&newssidebar=29720

    http://www.ilgateways.com/en/component/content/article/237-career-development-3/2566-professional-development-requirements-to-care-for-child-care-assistance-program-children

    There is a new Q&A posted by DHS regarding the new requirements for health, safety, and child development.  This Q&A list will continue to add new questions as they arise. http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=95065

    Please contact us if we can be of further service.

  • DCFS Child Care Licensing Regional Forums

    Attend an Upcoming DCFS Regional Forum: Child Care Licensing Updates

    March 7, 2017

    The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Division of Licensing is hosting its second round of regional licensing update forums throughout the state. These forums, held twice a year, are an opportunity for licensed child care providers to learn about changes to child care licensing from the Day Care Licensing Representatives (DCLRs) in your area, as well as ask any questions you may have about licensing.

    We encourage you to attend! If you cannot make it, be sure to connect with other providers in your community for information on what was shared, and check the DCFS website for resources.

    Attendance for the forums will be limited to the room's capacity, so be sure to RSVP ahead of time to save your seat! The locations, dates, and contact information are listed on the DCFS flyer below. Click here for printable flyer you can share with your network.

    Please contact us at advocacy@actforchildren.org if you have any questions!

    ** Illinois AEYC is sharing on behalf of our friends and colleagues at Illinois Action for Children.

  • Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays to Illinois AEYC Members!

    We can hardly believe that 2016 is ending next week. What a whirlwind year! Even though the restructuring has been dominating our work load, we still found time to: mentor 57 programs seeking accreditation or quality improvement, write and secure the Health Equities grant from NAEYC and host a state-wide conversation around the topic, provide an amazing successful conference and build a new, diverse and passionate group of individuals to rebuild a Chicago Chapter! Whew….No wonder we are looking forward to our holiday break!

    I also wanted to let you know the Board of Directors has been hard at work during the restructuring process. Since last January, we have been involved with:

    • NAEYC dialogue meeting with 15 out of 17 affiliates
    • regional meetings to discuss the restructuring
    • individual local board meetings to discuss restructuring
    • webinars for affiliate-chapter agreement
    • webinars for drafting new by-laws
    • board meetings focusing on strategic planning

    Hundreds of hours have gone into the restructuring process and we want to thank all Illinois AEYC Board Members and affiliate leaders for their dedication and effort to this process. The dedication shown to this organization is to be commended.

    We hope everyone has time to enjoy family and friends during this holiday season.

    Carol Weisheit, President

    Tonya Frehner, Director of Programs



  • Chicago Chapter of Illinois AEYC Update 12-6-16

    Holiday Greetings!

    I want to update you on the reorganization of the Chicago chapter and inform you of the incredible work that is being done behind the scenes!

    Thanks to your response, we have had 2 incredibly productive meetings at National Louis on October 27 and December 1. During these meetings we have brainstormed what the new Chicago chapter should look like, what services should be provided to members and how to avoid the mismanagement which lead to Chicago Metro being dissolved. Please be assured that the new group of individuals are passionate about a high performing, inclusive organization as we move forward.

    Here are the highlights:

    • Chicago Metro AEYC has not been affiliated with Opening Minds Conference for the past 4 years and does not have any resources available from the Opening Minds Conference to support the new Chicago Chapter.
    • The new name will be Illinois AEYC Chicago Chapter to be in alignment with the new requirements from NAEYC.
    • Chicago Chapter is committed to diverse representation in leadership.
    • Chicago Chapter will avoid the mismanagement which led to the dissolution of Chicago Metro AEYC.
    • Chicago Chapter are team players who are passionate about providing services to the membership.
    • It is vitally important that the new Chicago Chapter mount a rebranding campaign and provide a member event in the very near future!

    As you can see, there is work to be done!! If you are interested in getting involved, please continue to check Illinois AEYC FB page, the NEW Chicago Chapter FB page, or the Illinois AEYC blog (this website).

    We will be stronger because of your support and we look forward to working together to rebuild the Illinois AEYC Chicago Chapter!

    Have a wonderful holiday season.

    All my best,

    Carol Weisheit, President

    Illinois AEYC

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