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Living Your Passion: Tools for Educating and Caring for Children

Your passion for working with young children drives you. Now make that passion work for you with tools from Gateways to Opportunity and Quality Counts. Gain insight on what drives your passion and learn how to gain more education, make more money and offer even a higher quality of care. In this session you will learn more about:

Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship Program is an individual‐based scholarship opportunity for practitioners working in Early Care and Education. Gateways supports practitioners with financial support for Early Childhood coursework, degrees and/or credentials as well as the advancement on the Great START Scale.

Great START is a wage supplement program that rewards eligible early care and education practitioners in DCFS licensed child care centers, family or group family child care providers for receiving higher education and for remaining at their current place of employment. The goal of the Great START program is to improve children's developmental and educational outcomes by encouraging increased professional development and the retention of child care practitioners.

Gateways Credentials are awarded and recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Bureau of Child Care and Development. Gateways credentials are symbols of professional achievement that can be earned by completing an approved program at an entitled college or university, or by completing a portfolio that documents education and experience, or by completing the Level 1 ECE training.

The Quality Counts: Quality Rating System (QRS) is a voluntary System available to License‐Exempt Family Child Care Providers. The QRS System offers star levels which providers can achieve depending on the type of care they provide. Specific quality criteria must be met to achieve a star level. Once a child care provider has met the required criteria for a level, they receive a QRS certificate.

ExceleRate Illinois: The new quality rating and improvement system that gives you a process for pursuing quality efforts that will help you learn more, do better and improve developmental skills among the children you impact.  ExceleRate Illinois also provides standards, guidelines, resources and supports to help you make sensible changes that lead to better quality outcomes.

Most importantly, the program helps you accelerate excellence in early learning and development in the State of Illinois.

ExceleRate is a comprehensive system that includes:

    Licensed Child Care Centers
    Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs
    Head Start/Early Head Start Programs
    Licensed Family/Group Child Care Homes

Gateways to Opportunity Registry:  is a resource and tool to drive quality and accountability for early care and education, school‐age, and youth development practitioners and programs. Registry Membership provides a system to track professional attainment and completion of training requirements by individual practitioners, from college coursework to community‐based training. For Registry Members, the system will maintain a permanent record of these achievements on a Professional Development Record (PDR).

The Registry also includes a trainer and training approval process that will recognize and validate trainers and trainings that meet the standards and criteria of the Registry. That approval process will strengthen the integrity of the professional development system in Illinois.

Target Audience: Child Care Center Staff, Family Child Care Providers, Child Care Assistants

Trainers: Mark Obuchowski, Program Specialist - Marketing and Career Applications, Gateways to Opportunity

Date: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Location: Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 2nd Floor, Ballroom 1, 226 17th Street Rock Island, IL 60201

Time: 6:00 PM Registration and Meal

           6::30 PM - 8:30 PM Presentation

Training Credit Hours: 2

Cost: $ FREE

Registration: Click on the Register button in the upper, right-hand corner of the page. You must hit the submit button to complete the registration process.

You may also mail/walk-in in the completed registration form as long as it is received in the CCR&R office by the registration deadline.

Deadline To Register: Wednesday, March 25, 2015