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Grant Opportunities

Quality Improvement Funds

Illinois is committed to assisting child care providers in providing quality education and care for young children (birth through 12 years). One way to do that is with the Quality Improvement (QI) Funds. The QI Funds have been developed and are offered through the child care resource and referral agencies to assist and support programs that are choosing to work towards / maintain an ExceleRate™ IL Circle of Quality. There are three areas to the QI Funds: ExceleRate™ IL cohort, ExceleRate™ IL training stipend and accreditation assistance. Please read the overview and the guidelines to determine which area(s) best meets your needs. Requests may be made in multiple areas.

The QI Funds are based on available funding. The QI Funds program is administered by the Child Care Resource & Referral of Midwestern Illinois. Funds are provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Guidelines & Applications Child Care Program Quality Improvement


Individual Professional Development Funds

Based on available funding, Child Care Resource & Referral of Midwestern Illinois is offering funds to assist individual pursuit of professional development in early care and education and school-age care. Funds are provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). For the purposes of this document the term “child care program” includes child care centers and family child care.

Guidelines & Application


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