The Young Scholars Child Care Center


501 Kora Lane. Island Lake. IL     847.487.0300


Young Scholars is working on earning a gold circle in the new ExceleRate program in Illinois.

ExceleRate is administered by INCCRRA under the joint direction of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD), Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) using funding from

the Early Learning Challenge Race to the Top grant.

ExceleRate will provide the framework to make continuous quality improvements and be recognized for the achievements made.

To learn more about this visit:


The Illinois Action For Children is asking the following:
The subsidized child care program with IDHS has an $84 million deficit due to the lack of addressing this program over the past 6 to 8 months. IDHS has not addressed the future of the availability of funds at this time. The new legislature, including our governor will have an overview on February 4th of their vision in Illinois & if child care subsidized will even be addressed. The budget will be addressed on February 18th with the governor.
If you are intending to use or are CURRENTLY using subsidized tuition by IDHS and rely on this to continue your schooling or job/career, this apples to you! If nothing is added to the funding in the state of Illinois, it is possible that the money that you are approved for may not be available anymore and a waiting list will begin. If you are up for redetermination in the next few months, you may not be eligible to continue.
This will result in families unable to finish school. This will also result in the loss of many jobs in our state. This can also result in more children left home alone. This can also result in more children not being developmentally, emotionally, or socially ready for elementary school. This will not help our community or our economy.
Send us your stories!
-We are looking for stories about the importance of child care to families and the devastating effect to your community if their child care is lost. Please email your stories to
-We will be working with you to place these stories in local and statewide media.
-Legislative Call In Day- Wednesday, February 4th (be courteous when calling).
-Child Care Rally Days (inside)- Thursday, February 19th & Wednesday, March 11th.
-Spring into Action Conference & Rally Day- April 21-22 in Springfield, IL.
-Visit your legislature district representatives now, tell your personal stories. Many of these elected officials may not know about this deficit due to their new positions in the past 3 days. Be sure to inform them and not accuse them.
-Visit to see the money allotted for your area of illinois and further information.