Healthy Child Care Illinois (HCCI)
Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Target

Child care providers (both licensed and unlicensed) as well as friends and relatives and the children in their care.

Purpose

To promote positive development of children in childcare settings by linking families and child care providers to health services

Services

Healthy Child Care Illinois provides the following services:

  • Child care staff training
  • Parent and child health education
  • Consultations with child care providers by telephone or on site
  • Assessment of child care health and safety practices by child care staff
  • Assistance to child care providers in developing health policies, procedures and plans
  • Referral to physicians, early intervention, dental care, mental health care, All Kids, and other local, state, or federal programs
  • Individualized attention to children with special health care needs.

Delivery Method

Services are provided by Child Care Nurse Consultants who are public health nurses hired by local health departments and stationed at one of the 16 regional Child Care Resource and Referral agencies or one of the six satellite offices serving Cook County. This close relationship with local health departments helps the nurse make referrals to other state and federal programs.

Program Data

SFY06 SFY07 SFY08 SFY09
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $1,580.3 $1,605.0 $1,615.0 $1,620.0
Number of Grantees 20 20 20 20
Number Served 3,600 3,600 3,600 3,600

Program

  • HCCI has been nationally recognized by Healthy Child Care America and the University of North Carolina.
  • Provided parent and child health and safety education
  • Provided technical assistance services to assist child care providers in developing health policies, procedures, and plans
  • Distributed educational materials
  • Provided educational sessions specific to children with special needs
  • Provided outreach events across the state to inform community members of services available