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What are Alliance members saying?

"Since joining the Shared Services Alliance, I have been able to meet and network with many talented, friendly, intelligent people. It is comforting to be able to share my successes and my challenges with people who understand my situation and can help.

Monetarily we have been able to offer free classes at Rasmussen College to two of our staff members. Three other new staff members are inquiring about the college after informing them of the wonderful offer of eight free classes a semester for each member child care center. Through the Alliance we were also awarded a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River valley for new playground equipment at our Plano location.

We anticipate using the discounts provided by several new vendors this coming year as well as the offer of interns through Joliet Junior College.

I feel extremely fortunate that I was asked to join this prestigious organization. I have had nothing but great experiences while being a part of Shared Services."

 Margaret Keough, Grace's Place (January 2017)


Alliance Info

Shared Services Alliance is supported by a grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation. The Shared Services Alliance was formed by Child Care Resource & Referral to improve efficiency and allow for more attention to be centered around the children in care. 

Created in early 2016, the Alliance currently includes three founding members: EduCare in Joliet, Grace's Place (centers in Plainfield and Plano), and the Spanish Community Center in Joliet. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Shared Services Alliance and how you can become a member, please contact CCR&R's Executive Director, Chris Bzdon at cbzdon@childcarehelp.com.

  

Alliance News

March 3, 2017 Press Release
Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley $ 5,000 Grant Makes Kids Happy in Plano
Plano, IL - March 3, 2017 - Outdoor play will be transformed for children enrolled at Grace‚Äôs Place child care center in Plano thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.

February 1, 2017 Press Release
New Shared Services Alliance Celebrates Benefits of Collaboration
Joliet, IL - February 1, 2017 - Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R), a not-for-profit based in Joliet that provides resources and services to families and children in Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee Counties, announced a new Early Childhood Education Shared Services Alliance in Will and Kendall Counties. 

January 18, 2016 Press Release
New Shared Services Alliance Announce for Early Childhood Education Centers in Illinois
Joliet, IL - January 18, 2016 - Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R), a not-for-profit based in Joliet that promotes and facilitates affordable, qualilty child care through assistance, education and advocacy in Will, Grundy, Kendall and Kankakee Counties, is bringing new capacity-building strategy to a small "founding" group of childcare centers in order to improve efficiency and allow for more attention to be centered around the children in care.


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