October 2022



The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development is Hiring!

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Birth to Five Illinois is Seeking Illinois Families

Birth to Five Illinois is a new statewide infrastructure that is intentional on centering family voice in the decisions made in Early Childhood Education and Care.

By implementing 39 regional Family Councils across the State, Birth to Five Illinois is raising up the concerns and recommendations of families!

Family Council members will:

  • Advocate for family needs
  • Share critical input to improve programs and services
  • Serve as an advisory committee for their region’s Action Council

Family Council members will be expected to attend approximately two meetings per month and will be compensated for their time. Birth to Five Illinois is currently seeking additional interested parents and caregivers with a child (or children) eight years of age or younger in the following regions:

·        1: Adams, Brown, Cass, Morgan, Pike, Scott

·        1-B-B: Cook (West)

·        1-B-C: Cook (South)

·        11: Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, Shelby

·        24: Grundy, Kendall

·        28: Bureau, Henry, Stark

·        35: Marshall, LaSalle, Putnam

·        39: Macon, Piatt

·        44: McHenry

·        47: Lee, Ogle, Whiteside

·        48: Peoria

·        56: Will

Join Your Region's Family Council

If you are unable to commit to joining a Council, you can still share your story! Birth to Five Illinois is sharing family stories on their website, via social media, and via email. By sharing your story, Illinois can amplify the disparities in the system and work collectively and strategically to mend what is broken, while also celebrating what’s working.

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English Learner Administrator Academies/Micro-Credentials

The Latino Policy Forum is proud to partner with DuPage Regional Office of Education to offer a series of English Learner Administrator Academies in the form of Micro-Credentials.

The trainings are based off the Illinois English Learner Handbook and feature examples of high-quality programs here in Illinois. 

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Free Kindergarten Readiness Program Ready4K

Illinois Cares for Kids is inviting all families to join Ready4K! Ready4K is a free research-based text messaging program for families with child(ren) ages 0-11 in Illinois. The program supports families, increases children’s learning, and provides a method for the State to share customized early childhood messaging with families.


Each week, parents receive three text messages to help them build their child(ren)’s literacy skills by maximizing existing family routines in fun and easy ways. Messages are delivered in English, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic or Russian!


Want to learn more? Ready4K is hosting weekly information sessions to share about the program offer and discuss implementation. If you are interested in attending, please register below.


For questions, please reach out to LeeAnn Kiper at

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One in Seven Latino Children Live With Grandparents, Who Play an Important Role in Children’s Lives

A new data snapshot from The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families highlights the supportive role that co-residing grandparents often play in Latino families. Data shows that one in seven Latino children—or 2.7 million—lived with a grandparent in 2019. Most Latino children who lived with a grandparent also lived with their parents. Among other benefits, grandparent co-residence can serve as a vital source of care and emotional support to grandchildren. 

Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation New Public Awareness Resources

In collaboration with stakeholders including the Family Advisory Council, Caregiver Connections, and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants, the GOECD is pleased to release three more sets of one-pagers raising awareness about Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. These new resources are written for social-emotional consultants and home visiting and child care professionals. They describe the scope of supports offered by Caregiver Connections for Mental Health Consultation, training, and technical assistance. The one-pagers are available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Arabic, Chinese Simplified. Visit the GOECD Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation webpage to download and share the resource with your network! 

Please visit the GOECD I/ECMHC webpage to download these one-pagers and share widely!

New Data on American Rescue Plan Funding for Child Care

The Administration for Children and Families released new data showing that child care stabilization funds provided in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) have served more than 200,000 child care providers, impacting as many as 9.5 million children. The new state-by-state profiles include the total number of child care providers assisted in each state and territory as of June 30, 2022.

Download the Illinois Profile

Maternal and Child Health Resources

Help Families Keep Medicaid Coverage

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is preparing for the end of the Federal Covid-19 Public Health Emergency. They will need to send out paperwork and are asking Medicaid customers to update their mailing address if it has changed. Customers can update their address with Illinois Medicaid by calling 877-805-5312 from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm or visiting HFS has developed a messaging toolkit in 13 different languages with downloadable flyers and graphics that can be shared with the families you know. 

October is Safe Sleep and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

Please use the NIH SIDS Awareness Month Toolkit | Safe to Sleep® to encourage safe sleeping practices for newborns. The Toolkit includes shareable content and suggestions for activities to promote safe sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)’s policy statement, Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2022 Recommendations for Reducing Infant Deaths in the Sleep Environment stresses the need for infants to sleep on their backs on a separate, flat, non-inclined surface designed for infants and without soft bedding.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is Oct 23–29, 2022

Did you know that a little lead can cause BIG problems? Child Care providers can get free lead in water testing and training with Learn more about National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2022



COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Boosters Available for Children Ages 5 and Older

The CDC has approved the use of the updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 through 11 years. Updated COVID-19 vaccines help to restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination and help to fight off a wider range of variants. 

Getting your child vaccinated is the best thing to do for their health while COVID-19 is still spreading. Before the vaccine became available for children, scientists and medical experts reviewed it for safety and how well it worked. Messenger RNA, or mRNA, was developed in the 1970s, so it was ready when COVID-19 came along.

Protect your child from COVID-19, get them all the recommended doses. 

For more information, visit Illinois Vaccinates. You can find resources in English and Spanish. · 

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National Survey of the Impact of COVID-19 on Children's Health

The National Survey of Child Health is the largest national and state-level survey on the health and health care needs of children ages 0-17, their families, and their communities. This new data brief summarizes children's experience of child care closures and missed or delayed preventive visits by age. Data for children with special needs is provided separately.  

Download the Data Brief