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Frequently Used Acronyms in Early Childhood


AAF Accreditation Assistance Funds
AAT-ECE Associates of Arts in Teaching-Early Childhood Education
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AEYC Association for the Education of Young Children
AOK  All Our Kids Network
AMS American Montessori Sociey
BAS Business Administration Scale
BD Behavior Disorder
CAC Child Abuse Council
CACFP Child and Adult Care Food Program
CANRA Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
CCA Child Care Aware
CCAP Child Care Assistance Program
CCDBG Child Care & Development Block Grant
CCIT Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos
CCNC Child Care Nurse Consultant
CCP Child Care Professional Credential
CCPK Creative Curriculum for Preschool
CCR&R Child Care Resource & Referral
CCTS Child Care Tracking System
CD Child Development
CDA Child Development Associate Credential
CEU Continuing Education Unit
CL Client
COA Change of Address
COP Change of Provider
COI Change of Information
CPDU Continuing Professional Development  Units
DAP Development Appropriate Practice
DCFS Department of Children and Family Services
DMH Division of Mental Health
EC Early Childhood
ECC Early Childhood Coalition
ECE Early Childhood Education or Early Care and Education
ECERS Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale
EI Early Intervention
EL English Learner
ELL English Language Learner
ELQC Early Learning Quad Cities
ELS Early Learning Standards
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
ERS Environment Rating System
ESL English as a Second Language
FCC Family Child Care
FCCP Family Child Care Providers
FCCERS Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale
FY Fiscal Year
HCCI Healthy Child Care Illinois
HS/EHS Head Start/Early Head Start
IAEYC Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children
IAN Illinois Afterschool Network
IDC Illinois Director Credential
IDHS Illinois Department of Human Services
IELS Illinois Early Learning Standard
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plans
ILAEYC Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children
INCCRRA Illinois Network of Child Care Resource Referral Agencies
ISACS Independent School Association of Central States
ISBE Illinois State Board of Education
ITC Infant Toddler Credential
ITCCS Infant Toddler Child Care Specialist
ITERS Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale
ITN Illinois Trainers Network
LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LE License-Exempt
MACTE Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
MDC Multi-Disciplinary Conference
MHC Mental Health Consultant
NAA National Afterschool Association
NAC National Accreditation Commission for Early Care & Education Program
NACCRRA National Association for Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
NAEYC National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAFCC National Association for Family Child Care
NCCIE National Child Care Information Exchange
NCLB No Child Left Behind
ODD Oppositional Defiance Disorder
PAS Program Administration Scale
PAT Parents As Teachers
PBIS Positive Behavior and Intervention Support
PDA Professional Development Advisor
PDAC Professional Development Advisory Council
PDF Professional Development Funds
PFA Preschool for All
PI Prevention Initiative
PITC Program for Infant/Toddler Care
PROV Child Care Provider
QC Quality Counts (example: QC Grants, QC Van)
QCAEYC Quad Cities Association for the Education of Young Children
QRS Quality Rating System
QRIS Quality Rating and Improvement Scale
QTA Quality through Accreditation
RAI Request for Additional Information
REDE Redetermination
ROE Regional Office of Education
RFP Request for Proposal
R&R Resource & Referral
RTI Response to Intervention
SACERS School Age Care Environment Rating Scale
SAM Statewide Accreditation Mentoring
SDA Service Delivery Area
SEL Social Emotional Learning
SEIU Service Employees International Union (FCC in Illinois)
SPD Sensory Procession Disorder
TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
WSSIL Work Sampling System in Illinois