Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description

Target

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

Eligibility Criteria

Child care providers (licensed or unlicensed); children in child care; their parents/families/friends.

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; and
  • 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 throughout the state at one of the 16 regional Child Care Resource and Referral agencies. This close relationship with local health departments helps the nurse make referrals to other state and federal programs.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $1,620.0 $1,620.0 $950.0
Number of Grantees 20 15 16
Number Served 4,960 4,444 Below

Program Accomplishments

HCCI has been nationally recognized by Healthy Child Care America and the University of North Carolina. In SFY 11, the volume of HCCI services in Illinois was as follows:

  • 492 health and safety education sessions offered;
  • 8,521 technical assistance sessions provided to assist child care providers in developing health policies, procedures, and plans;
  • 1,186 consultations made to child care providers;
  • 61 outreach events or presentations conducted reaching a total of 13,628 participants statewide; and
  • 354 referrals made to other needed family/child services.