ECEC Enrollment Community Outreach Grant RFP

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) field nationally continues to face under-enrollment and staffing shortages. The state of Illinois is placing a priority on increasing the number of children enrolled in ECEC programs.

As part of Illinois’ Learning Renewal efforts, Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) II funding has been allocated to the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) to support development of an early childhood awareness and enrollment campaign that has statewide reach, is tailored locally, and focuses on family and community engagement strategies that promote the importance of early learning and the availability of early childhood programs and supports to families. To help support the success of the enrollment campaign, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Early Childhood (DEC) is funding an ECEC Enrollment Community Outreach grant to focus on local family and community engagement strategies. INCCRRA will administer the grant RFP process, awarding of grant dollars, reporting, and evaluation of grantees.

Grants will be available to 39 Birth to Five regions covering all 102 counties across Illinois. These grants will provide 6 million dollars in funding for local community outreach to increase enrollment. Funding will be based on the number of children under 12 in each county and will range from $24,000–$2,000,000 per Birth to Five region. Priority will be given to applicants that focus on Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) enrollment and those areas with the largest enrollment decreases. 


In order to apply, applicants must be eligible and must meet the following requirements: 

  • Established agency/organization focusing on issues related to early childhood education and care.
  • Agency/organization must reside in the Birth to Five Illinois Region for which they are requesting funding.
  • Applicant must be a legal entity and have the capacity to serve and implement state funds.
    • Applicant is not required to hold 501c3 status.
  • Agency must be GATA certified.
  • Applicant must be in good standing with the state of Illinois.
  • Agency must have a Unique Entity ID.


The grant RFP application will be available Thursday, May 19, 2022. The RFP deadline will be Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 11:59 PM. The application materials must be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

INCCRRA will announce decisions in partnership with IDHS-DEC at the end of June 2022.


A live meeting was held Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The meeting provided information about the RFP process, what to expect, and answered questions.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions by May 25, 2022. Questions will be answered and added to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on May 31, 2022. Additional questions will be added to the FAQ following the June information meeting.


Additional Resources

  • Social Vulnerability Index (SVI)
  • Unique Entity ID
  • GATA Certification
  • GATA Prequalification Form
  • Birth to Five Regions
  • Illinois' Early Childhood Collaborations
    • Find and connect with other collaborations using our Collaboration Directory (updated April 2022)
    • Illinois map showcasing the early childhood collaborations throughout the state (updated July 2020)
    • To report a new collaboration or update a listed collaboration's information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.