4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care

Program Funding Opportunities

Quality Improvement Grants

Quality Improvement Funds (QI Funds) support continuous quality improvement of child care programs. These funds assist programs to achieve and/or maintain an ExceleRate® Illinois Circle of Quality.

There are 3 types of QI Funds:

  • ExceleRate® Illinois Cohorts
    • Center program administrators and family child care providers working towards or maintaining an ExceleRate® Illinois Silver or Gold Circle of Quality participate in trainings planned and facilitated by our Quality Specialists.  Supported by the Specialists, they complete a program self-assessment and Continuous Quality Improvement Plan (CQIP). After completing all required steps, programs may apply for funds to help achieve objectives on the CQIP.
    • The application deadline for the FY21 funding cycle is November 30, 2020 at 4:30 PM.
  • Training Stipend
    • Licensed child care programs working towards or maintaining an ExceleRate® Illinois Bronze, Silver or Gold Circle of Quality may apply for a training stipend. The stipend applies only to the required trainings within an ExceleRate® Illinois Circle of Quality and is available only to the minimum staff required to attend the training.
    • Funds are allocated on a first come first served basis until all funds are allocated. Applications for the FY21 funding cycle are due by Friday, June 11, 2021.
  • Accreditation Assistance
    • The Accreditation Assistance option is for licensed child care centers or homes applying for or maintaining an ExceleRate® Illinois Silver or Gold Circle of Quality. Funds cover part of the cost of accreditation fees.
    • Funds are allocated on a first come first served basis until all funds are allocated. Applications for the FY21 funding cycle are due by Friday, June 11, 2021.

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

  • Licensed child care centers and family child care homes listed in our referral database, and
  • Pursuing or maintaining an ExceleRate® Illinois Circle of Quality.

How Do I Apply?

  • Application materials may be accessed here.

W-9 Form

FY21 QI Blank Budget Form

Tax and Shipping Calculator (1)

Reimbursement Report Final

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact our Child Care Resource and Referral Director at 815.758.8149, ext. 224 or 4CCohorts@four-c.org.

Health and Safety Improvement Funds for License Exempt Child Care

Health and Safety Improvement grants are available to Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Licensed Exempt Child Care providers to fund materials and equipment needed to address health and safety needs.

Funds Can Be Used For:

  • Items requested must relate to the results of the LE Health & Safety Monitoring Visit or the self-assessment.
  • Allowable items include, but are not limited to, health and safety items (e.g., First Aid Kits, Fire Extinguishers, Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors), safety gates, cribs that meet standards, pack & play, lead free paint, children’s books, age appropriate toys, gross motor materials (e.g., balls, riding toys, etc.), science materials.

Health and Safety Eligibility Questionnaire: please contact Nicole (815-344-5510 ext. 120) or Michele (815-758-8149 ext. 239) for eligibility and applications.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions or would like assistance with applying, please contact Kim Lamz, McHenry Office Site Supervisor, at kiml@four-c.org or 815.344.5510, ext. 110.

Funding for IPDF and QI Funds is provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services