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The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood is leading the way for an integrated system to provide quality care, development and early learning to help programs such as ours build a strong educational foundation for children and their school readiness. Kids Academy Early Learning Center administrators are involved and participate in the policy committee meetings of the governor’s office.

Illinois Action for Children is a great resource for families to find quality childcare, and it helps families determine if they qualify for the Child Care Assistance Program. Illinois Action for Children also is a great partner for childcare programs to engage in professional development. Kids Academy participates in the policy committee meetings of Action for Children’s meetings.

ExceleRate Illinois is a quality rating and improvement system that stresses quality in early learning and development programs. By providing standards, guidelines, resources, support and training, ExceleRate Illinois helps providers take their programs to a higher level and achieve positive outcomes for their families and children. ExceleRate Illinois is an agency that Kids Academy works closely with to remain accredited and to ensure a consistently high-quality program.

Gateways is an Illinois professional development system that provides resources and support to early childhood providers and educators. Gateways is designed to recognize individuals and organizations serving children and families by providing them with services such as the Illinois Trainers Network and Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship program. 

The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) partners with 16 local childcare referral agencies and helps provide leadership and resources to make high-quality early childhood education affordable to families in Illinois.

Children’s Home and Aid provides an array of services for families, children and providers like us! Home and Aid helps families navigate challenging situations, offering services for counseling and resources for childcare.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a great resource for women with children under the age of 5 who are pregnant, breastfeeding or need postpartum care. This program provides food, education and other types of support.

For more than 75 years, Morton Grove Library has played a vital role in serving our community through educational, cultural and entertainment events. It offers a unique blend of library services and programing, and Kids Academy Early Learning Center is fortunate to receive library services once a month. Ms. Debbie Wiedeman visits to read books for all ages, an activity that our children enjoy very much. They also benefit from the wide variety of books the library provides for them.

The Morton Grove Police Department is another great resource for our center. The collaboration of the police department and Kids Academy provides safety for our community and children. Once a year, our administrators and staff receive training from the department on lockdown safety. This important effort offers increased safety assurance to our parents and our staff. During our yearly Safety Week training for our children, the police provide an exciting visit for the kids. In this event, their community helper discusses safety tips. We certainly appreciate the department’s support and their community work!

For many years, the Morton Grove Fire Department has educated Kids Academy’s staff and children about how to prevent fires and how to stay safe. Kids Academy deeply appreciates the fire department, its excellent service in monitoring our building and their rapid responsiveness if an emergency necessitates it. Morton Grove Fire Department Station 5 is only one minute from Kids Academy (0.3 mile)

The WBDC provides services to support women in business by helping with positive growth and offering counseling for businesses, such as ours, that are primarily run by women. 

The Alliance for Early Childhood is a community-based organization that provides support for young children and their caregivers to promote equity, strength and diversity.