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Childcare Programs and Community Preschools

What is it?

Having access to quality childcare is an important part of many children's lives.

"Is This the Right Place for My Child? 38 Research-Based Indicators of High-Quality Child Care" provides strategies to assess various childcare settings.

The "Quality Counts - Quality Rating System" through the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies is a rating and award system for childcare providers. This system can assist parents in identifying quality programs available in their own towns.

The University of Michigan Health System website provides information on selecting quality childcare programs.

Who is eligible?

While eligibility rules are program-specific, every child (regardless of ability) should be eligible for quality childcare and community preschool programs! Approaching childcare providers to care for children with a disability may seem difficult at first. Openness and honesty about your child, recognizing and addressing questions providers might have about your child, and a willingness to establish ongoing communication may make the task easier.

How to get services?

Contact Us

Johnna Darragh-Ernst

Professor Early Childhood Education

1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8746