Professional Development

Here's a list of the many acronyms (and abbreviations) that you may come across in your exploration of the early childhood field.

The following focuses primarily on Illinois and Iowa, but may help you in your research. View our online resources.

 

AAF

Accreditation Assistance Funds

AEA

Area Education Agency

AEYC

Association for the Education of Young Children

AOK

All Our Kids Early Childhood Network

AMS

American Montessori Society

BAS

Business Administration Scale

CAC

Child Abuse Council

CACFP

Child and Adult Care Food Program

CANRA

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

CANTS

Child Abuse/Neglect Tracking System

CCA

Child Care Aware

CCAP

Child Care Assistance Program

CCDBG

Child Care & Development Block Grant

CCIT

Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos

CCNC

Child Care Nurse Consultant

CCP

Child Care Professional Credential

CCPK

Creative Curriculum for Preschool

CCR&R

Child Care Resource & Referral

CD

Child Development

CDA

Child Development Associate Credential

CDL

Commercial Drivers License

CEU

Continuing Education Unit

CPC

Child Protection Center

DAP

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

DCFS

Department of Children and Family Services

EC

Early Childhood

ECC

Early Childhood Coalition

ECC

Iowa Every Child Counts Iowa

ECE

Early Childhood Education Credential

ECEC

Exploring Careers in Early Childhood

ECERS

Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale

ECI

Early Childhood Iowa

EI

Early Intervention

EL

English Learner

ELL

English Language Learner

ELQC

Early Learning Quad Cities

ELS

Early Learning Standards Illinois/Iowa

ERIC

Educational Resources Information Center

ERS

Environment Rating Scales

ESL

English as a Second Language

FCC

Family Child Care

FCCP

Family Child Care Providers

FCCERS

Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale

FY

Fiscal Year

GovELC

Governor's Early Learning Council

HCCI

Healthy Child Care Illinois/Iowa

IAN

Illinois Afterschool Network

IDC

Illinois Director Credential

IDE

Iowa Department of Education

IDHS (DHS)

Illinois or Iowa Department of Human Services

IDPH

Iowa Department of Public Health

IELDS

Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards

IELS

Illinois Early Learning Standard

IEP

Individualized Education Program

IFCCA

Iowa Family Child Care Association

IFSP

Individualized Family Service Plans

ILAEYC

Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children

ILAFC

Illinois Action for Children

INCCRRA

Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

ISACS

Independent School Association of Central States

ISBE

Illinois State Board of Education

ISU

Iowa State University Extension

ITC

Infant Toddler Credential

ITCCS

Infant Toddler Child Care Specialist

ITERS

Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale

ITN

Illinois Trainers Network

LE

License-Exempt

MACTE

Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education

MCECL

McCormick Center for Early Leadership

MHC

Mental Health Consultant

NAA

National Afterschool Association

NAC

National Administrators Credential

NACCRRA

National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

NAEYC

National Association of the Education for Young Children

NAFCC

National Association for Family Child Care

NCCI

National Child Care Information Exchange

NPPS

National Program Playground Standards

PAS

Program Administration Scale

PAT

Parents As Teachers

PDA

Professional Development Advisor

PDAC

Professional Development Advisory Council

PDF

Professional Development Funds

PI

Prevention Initiative

PITC

Program for Infant/Toddler Care

QC

Quality Counts (example: QC Grants, QC Van)

QCAEYC

Quad Cities Association for the
Education of Young Children

QPPS

Quality Preschool Program Standards

QRS

Quality Rating System

QRIS

Quality Rating and Improvement Scale

QtA

Quality through Accreditation

ROE

Regional Office of Education

RFP

Request for Proposal

R&R

Resource & Referral

RTI

Response to Intervention

SACERS

School Age Care Environment Rating Scale

SAM

Statewide Accreditation Mentoring

SDA

Service Delivery Area

SEIU

Service Employees International Union

START

(Great START) Strategy to Attract and Retain Teachers

TANF

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

T.E.A.C.H.

Teacher Education and Compensation Helps

WSSIL

Work Sampling System in Illinois

WTSAC

Welcome to School Age Care

WTCC

Welcome to Child Care