Illinois legislation would create community college bachelor’s degree for child care

There is a push to allow Illinois community colleges to offer a bachelor’s degree program for child care.

Illinois is one of 23 states to allow community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees. In 2009, Illinois established a collaborative grant program to deliver bachelor’s degree programs offered by four-year institutions at a location closer to students served by community colleges.

During a virtual news conference Wednesday by Illinois Action for Children, state Rep. Cristina Pacione-Zayas said the change would benefit thousands of Illinoisans.

“This is much larger than any individual or one single partnership,” Pacione-Zayas
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