Healthy Child Care Illinois - DHS 4609

State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

MISSION & VISION

To enhance the quality, health and well being of children in Illinois' child care settings; to ensure that all children have access to comprehensive, affordable child care; and to provide the highest level of training to center and home based child care providers.

GOALS:

  • Improve the health status of children in child care.
  • Facilitate children's use of health services.
  • Increase health promotion and disease prevention in child care.

CHILD CARE NURSE CONSULTANTS ARE PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES WHO WORK WITH CHILD CARE PROVIDERS TO:

  • Ensure a safe, healthy child care environment for all children.
  • Ensure access to effective health, dental and developmental screenings and follow-up for all children in child care.
  • Provide health, mental health, nutrition and safety education for children, families and child care providers.
  • Provide individualized attention to children with special health care needs.

WHAT IS A CHILD CARE RESOURCE & REFERRAL AGENCY?

Illinois Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies work to make high quality child care available to Illinois families. CCR&Rs make child care referrals, provide an array of services to child care professionals, and assist communities with improving child care. The Child Care Nurse Consultant works directly with other CCR&R staff to enrich training, programming and problem-solving initiatives.

Special attention is given to addressing issues relative to children with special health care needs.

HISTORY

In 1995, the Healthy Child Care America campaign was launched on the principle that families in partnership with child care and health care providers can promote the positive development of children in child care settings. In 1996, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), local health departments and the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies partnered together to improve the health and safety in Illinois' child care settings. Today, the State of Illinois, due in large part to the benefits derived from the 1996 partnership, is on the leading edge of implementing collaborations to directly increase the health and safety in child care settings.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Providers who need more information about the Healthy Child Care Illinois Project should contact the Illinois Department of Human Services at 1-800-843-6154 (Voice) or 1-800-447-6404 (TTY).

Parents who are looking for child care programs or for help in obtaining assistance to pay for child care should call the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies' statewide toll free number at 1-877-202-4453 (Voice) or 1-800-649-1884 (TTY).

Supported in part by Project 93.110AQ from the Maternal and Child Health Program, Title V, Social Security Act, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

For more information:

Call or visit your Illinois Department of Human Services' Family Community Resource Center (FCRC).

If you have questions about any Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) program, call or visit your FCRC. We will answer your questions. If you do not know where your FCRC is or if you are unable to go there, you may call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at: 1-800-843-6154 or 1-800-447-6404 (TTY)

You may speak to a representative between:

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday (except state holidays)

For answers to your questions, you may also write:

Illinois Department of Human Services
Bureau of Customer and Provider Assistance
100 South Grand Avenue East
Springfield, Illinois 62762

Visit our web site at: www.dhs.state.il.us


Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs.

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