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To maximize resources and enhance outcomes for children and familiesChild Care Resource & Referral actively collaborates with other agencies and groups on initiatives, activities and events that serve and supportchildren, families and early childhood professionals in southern Illinois.

Developing and sustaining strong working relationships within is pivotal to CCR&R's long-term success and meaningful and sustainable impact on the communities we serve.

Current CCR&R Collaborative initiatives include:

Strengthening Families Illinois

Convened by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Strengthening Families Illinois is a collaborative partnership among more than 40 agencies, organizations, and parent leaders statewide.

John A Logan College CCR&R and other Strengthening Families Partners advance the initiative by:

  • Incorporating Strengthening Families ideas and practices into their work
  • Contributing financial resources to carrying out the work of Strengthening Families Illinois
  • Dedicating staff time to serving on the Leadership Team for the project and the workgroups that guide the initiative: Building Resiliency, Communications, Evaluation, Hub Coordinator, Pilot Sites, and Professional Development and Training.
  • Building public understanding of the Strengthening Families approach within their constituencies through their conferences, publications, and other communications activities.

For more information about Strengthening Families Illinois go to:

WSIU-TV: Raising Readers and PBS Kids

The PBS KIDS Raising Readers initiative uses research-based, innovative television programs and related multi-media content to help meet the critical literacy needs of children ages 2-8, from low income families.

A unique 360 degree approach to learning surrounds families, caregivers, teachers and parents with ready-to-use literacy resources and supports at home, in school and in the community. The initiative harnesses the power of the media to enhance early literacy skills using content from PBS KIDS shows as a springboard for quality learning.

Integrated resources include:

  • PBS KIDS television series - Sesame Street, Between the Lions, Super WHY!, WordWorld, Martha Speaks and the Electric Company
  • Online professional development courses for early childcare professionals
  • PBS KIDS Island and The Great Word Quest - Stimulating, interactive reading websites for kids, parents, teachers, caregivers
  • PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corners
  • Super WHY! Summer reading camps
  • Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program

The national project is funded by U.S. Department of Education's Ready To Learn grant with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Locally CCR&R collaborates with WSIU on community outreach and engagement activities including the Raising reader van. For more information go to:

In addition, CCR&R staff serve on a number of local Boards, Advisory Councils and Community Task Forces, all dedicated to improving lives of young children in the region.

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For every $1 invested in high-quality early care and education programs, communities can see an estimated $17 in cost savings later (High/Scope Perry Preschool 2005).