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155 N. Third Street, Suite 300 • DeKalb, Illinois 60115 • 815-758-8149 or (800) 848-8727

Child Care Career Information & Assistance
A 4-C Child Care Provider Services Specialist is available to assist providers in advancing their careers. Here are a few opportunities that are available to providers.

  • Gateways to Opportunity is a statewide network designed to support Illinois early care and education professionals. From credentialing to career guidance to education and training resources to peer networking and more, Gateways to Opportunity focuses on what matters most – helping you help children. For more information visit the website at: http://www.ilgateways.com.

  • Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship Program (formerly T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program) provides scholarships for practitioners in Early Care and Education (ECE). The Gateways Scholarship Program will pay a percentage of the cost of tuition, fees, and books. The amount paid is based on an eligible participant’s child care position income. For more information visit the website at: http://www.ilgateways.com/funding/funding.aspx.

  • GreatSTART (Strategy to Attract and Retain Teachers) supports professional preparation and stability of the early childhood workforce through wage supplements. Wage supplements are paid to eligible early care and education professionals who have education above minimum Illinois Department of Children and Family Services licensing requirements, and who retain employment at the same child care program. For more information visit the website at: http://www.inccrra.org/overview.aspx?id=171&ekmensel=c57dfa7b_23_0_171_2

For more information contact CCR&R:
In DeKalb, Ogle, Lee, Whiteside and Carroll County programs:
815-758-8149 or 800-848-8727 ext. 287

In McHenry County programs:
815-344-5510 or 866-347-2277.


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4-C Locations

DeKalb Office:
155 N. Third St., Suite 300
DeKalb, IL
M, W, TH & F 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
TU 8:30 AM-6:30 PM
815-758-8149, Ext. 287

McHenry Office:
667 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL
8:30 AM–4:30 PM
815-344-5510, Ext. 14

4-C Library at the YWCA of the Sauk Valley:
412 First Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081
By Appointment only


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