FCCP Roundtable

September 2020


Hello from the Collab, and welcome to the Family Child Care Professionals' Newsletter! This monthly resource is published every first Friday and updated weekly. Look here for information about training opportunities and important dates.

This month the focus has shifted from just coronavirus and Covid-19 to a pandemic just as deadly; racism and inequity. If you're looking for last month's COVID-19 links, they still live on last month's newsletter. Look below for links to important conversations around race.

Check back here often for information and links to resources to help you navigate the pandemic.

Strength & Resilience: Our new normal—families finding their rhythm in the time of Pandemic

Collab Connects

This month you'll receive several communications from the Collaboration. One will be a phone call (If you haven't already had it!) from Heather Duncan to follow up on the survey you see below and find out how your program is faring in the pandemic. The other will be a Collab Connects call or email from a Collab volunteer, and this one is to check in on you. The Collaboration for Early Childhood cares about you, and wants to support you during this difficult time, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for Collab Connects!
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About the Collab

In 2003, all six of Oak Park’s governmental agencies joined to initiate, fund and guide the Collaboration for Early Childhood, a unique public/private partnership designed to improve local early childhood resources. With more than 90 agencies participating, the Collaboration works to overcome the fragmentation and scarcity of services endemic to the early childhood field by integrating all of our community resources to better meet the needs of the youngest children and their families. Our work is focused on four strategic priorities:

1) the advancement of high-quality preschool for all children

2) professional development for early childhood providers

3) parent information and support

and 4) developmental screening.

Additionally, we are committed to continuous quality improvement and to engaging in extensive data collection to support short-term evaluations and longitudinal analyses that inform this work.

Upcoming Meetings & Important Dates

*All face to face meetings are postponed until further notice, but please join us for the Family Child Care Professionals' virtual meetings!*

Upcoming meetings: via Zoom!

October 16, 2020

December 18, 2020

February 19, 2021

April 16, 2021

June 18, 2021

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Child Care Restoration Grant Applications will be available the week of July 20 – 24, 2020.

Register Today for Technical Assistance Webinars!

Webinars in English will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 10:00 AM.

Webinars in Spanish will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 6:30 PM.

Register now to join this webinar if you plan to apply for a Child Care Restoration Grant. It will discuss the Restoration Grants, and walk providers through how to apply online through the Gateways Registry Director Portal. It will provide information on what documents to collect, and what information to have ready before you apply.

If you are not able to attend, a recording of the webinar will be available on the Gateways Facebook page.

To Register:

English Webinar - https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2212810440016007691?fbclid

Spanish Webinar - https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1762832007643467280

Upcoming Training & Professional Development

*All face to face training is postponed until further notice, but check here and on the Collab's website for info on credit-bearing virtual training beginning this month!*

NEW Mandatory class for all daycare providers in response to Covid-19:

Child Development, Health, and Safety Basics

Coronavirus & COVID-19 Links


Resources to help keep families, providers, and those who support children informed.

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