Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS)
Early childhood research supports the importance of early childhood education and care in the lives of children. The early childhood years (through 5 years old) are often taken for granted, but the experiences of a child during this time can set the stage for success throughout life. As a parent/caregiver, the choices you make in early care and education for your child are foundational to their healthy growth and development.
Child care programs licensed by the state of Illinois’ Department of Family and Child Services (IDCFS) must meet foundational requirements for quality established by state licensing guidelines.
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) partners with child care providers throughout Illinois and the Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies to help families access affordable, quality child care.
Child care can be costly, the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) can help you pay for it!
The quality of interaction and engagement received during the first five years of a child’s life shapes their ability to succeed.