Changes Being Proposed to DCFS Licensing Standards and Other Early Childhood Rules

November 18, 2011 at 3:03 am

Grant Proposal Prompts Proposed Changes to Licensing Standards and Other Administrative Rules

Recently, Illinois submitted a grant proposal to the federal government called “Race to the Top”. If awarded, Illinois would receive an additional 70 million dollars over the period of 4 years to implement sweeping changes designed to strengthen the state’s early childhood programs.  The process of completing the proposal included extensive discussion among state agencies and early childhood leaders resulting in a new shared vision of what the state’s early care and education system should look like. As part of the grant process, participating agencies ( ISBE, IDHS, and IDCFS) agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding that they would move forward with  better integration of programs and services to create a more unified early care and education system in Illinois. A number of “rule” changes would be required to make that vision a reality

The Race to the Top/Early Learning Challenge grant proposal included some rule changes.  These proposed Rule changes were posted in the Illinois Register on Friday, 11/4.  The comment period is 45 days from that date.  http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume35_issue45.pdf

Look at the first section “Proposed Rules”- proposed changes are highlighted in red.

Proposed licensing changes highlighted on the following pages

 Part 406 – page 7
Part 407 – page 27
Part 408 – page 57

Perhaps the biggest  of the proposed changes affecting child care providers is that effective July 1, 2012, QRIS will no longer be a voluntary program. All licensed homes and centers, as well as Pre-K and Head Start will be included in the QRIS system. Licensing wll be the first star.Also, the existing QRIS system will be revised.  Plans for exactly what the revisions will look like are currently underway. 

In addition everyone working in an early childhood program (home, center, Pre-K, etc) would be required to be registered in the state’s Gateways Training Registry. There is no charge to be listed in the Registry. In centers, new staff must get registered within 30 days

Please take time to review the proposed changes. Questions, concerns or comments can be submitted to each respective agency. Contact information is included at the end of each proposed rule change.

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