Child Care Advisory Council

Child Care Advisory Council

The Child Care Advisory Council (CCAC) is a group of invited stakeholders who assist the Office of Early Childhood of the Illinois Department of Human Services by providing input on specific issues, questions and concerns related to child care. The Advisory Council is not constrained by legal requirements or preoccupied with governance matters. However, it does operate within a set of guidelines outlined herein -

Advisory Council Requirements

Meetings

To attend any of the meetings below, simply visit the Child Care Advisory Council Webex Meeting Room at the date and time below to join the meeting.

  • Upcoming Meetings

    • June 7, 2024 - 11:00-1:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
  • Past Meetings

    • February 22, 2024 - 1:00-4:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
    • March 1, 2024 - 11:00-1:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
    • June 2, 2023 from 11:00-1:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
    • July 7, 2023 from 11:00-1:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
    • July 19, 2023 from 1:00-4:00pm - Child Care Advisory Council Meeting
    • August 4, 2023 from 11:00-1:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
    • August 11, 2023 from 11:00-1:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
    • September 8, 2023 from 11:00-12:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
    • October 6, 2023 from 11:00-1:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
    • October 25, 2023 from 1:00-4:00pm - Child Care Advisory Council Meeting
    • November 9, 2023 from 11:00-1:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
    • December 8, 2023 from 11:00-1:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
    • January 12, 2024 from 11:00-1:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
    • April 5, 2024 - 11:00-1:00pm - Child Care Contracts Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

Council Members

Name Organization Committee/Position
Allison Perkins Caldwell Allison's Infant & Toddler Centers Family Engagement
Ann Grecek Erie Neighborhood House Family Engagement
Ayesha Calhoun Brain Box Learning Quality and Workforce
Brenda Eastham Child Care Resource Service SDA 10 Urbana CCAP Policy Co-Chair
Brynn Siebert SEIU Quality and Workforce
Carie Bires Start Early CCAP Policy
Carisa Hurley Illinois State Board of Education Family Engagement
Casey Craft-Cortes YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, SDA 4 DuPage/Kane Quality and Workforce
Cerathel Burgess-Burnett City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services CCAP Policy
Charles Montorio Archer One Hope United CCAP Policy
Chris Tokarski Illinois Action for Children SDA 6 Cook County CCAP Policy Co-Chair
Curtis Peace Illinois After School Network Quality and Workforce
Dan Harris Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies Co-Chair
Edie Washington Department of Children and Family Services Quality and Workforce
Jamilah R. Jor'dan Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development Family Engagement Co-Chair
Jenna Kelly Caregiver Connections Quality and Workforce
Karen Ross-Williams Christopher House Quality and Workforce
Lauri Morrison-Frichtl Illinois Head Start Association Family Engagement
Laurie Rhodes Lincoln Land Community College Child Development Center Quality and Workforce Co-Chair
Heather Crone Illinois Department of Human Services Family Engagement
Marcy Mendenhall SAL Family and Community Services SDA 7 & 8 Quality and Workforce Co-Chair
Margarita Mendoza Parent Family Engagement
Maricela Garcia Gads Hill Center Family Engagement
Mykela Collins Parent Family Engagement
Nina Duenas El Valor Cantu Family & Children Center CCAP Policy
Ruth Kimble Austin Child Care Providers Network Quality and Workforce
Sandra Cole Family Child Care Provider CCAP Policy
Shauna Ejeh Illinois Action for Children SDA 6 Cook County Family Engagement Co-Chair
Stacie Ealey Tazewell County Health Department Quality and Workforce
Tamera Fair Premier Child Care Academics Family Engagement
Teri Talan National Louis University McCormick Center for Early Childhood Quality and Workforce
Tina Staley Kids Kingdom Preschool Quality and Workforce
Tracy Carls Community Coordinated Child Care, SDA 2 DeKalb CCAP Policy
Vanessa Castro Department of Children and Family Services Family Engagement
Vicki Hodges Illinois State Board of Education Family Engagement

IDHS Administrative Support

CCAC Administrative Contact: Carolyn Marmolejo, Carolyn.Marmolejo@Illinois.gov