The ABC identified many dependent care challenges across all types of care in the Chicago area. Champion companies and local partners of the ABC had a great number of employees affected by these challenges. But due to the large number of companies involved in the Chicago ABC, there were more resources available to solve these complex problems. After implementation of over 30 types of programs, funding companies and their employees had seen the following improvements:

More accredited centers

Greater parent/teacher communication through The Bridge Project

Better managed centers with flexible hours for working parents

More child care programs trained in health, safety, and infant care

Expanded curricula for early childhood programs, such as science

More school-age programs created or enhanced

School-age and pre-school providers trained in conflict resolution techniques (Adventures in Peacemaking)

Summer volunteer programs established for older youth

Escorted transportation services established for elders

Elder respite care program established and expanded


Funding Companies

Bank of America
Baxter International, Inc.
BP Amoco
Citibank, N.A.
Deloitte & Touche
Eastman Kodak Company
General Electric
Hewitt Associates
Hewlett-Packard Company
IBM Corporation
Lucent Technologies
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Xerox Corporation


Early Childhood
Director/Administrator Credential for Child Care Center
Family Friendly Training for Child Care Center
NAEYC Accreditation Initiative for Child Care Center
Preschool Science for Child Care Center
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Project
One-Day Infant/Toddler Training for Child Care Center
Accreditation/Credential for Family Child Care Providers
Activity Kits for Family Child Care Providers
Advanced CORE Curriculum Training for Family Child Care Providers
Close to Home Care Program
CORE Basic Competency Curriculum for Family Child Care Providers
Family Child Care Clusters
One-Day Flexibility Training for Family Child Care Providers
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Project for Family Child Care Providers

Before/After-School Program
The Bridge Project
Effective Management Training
First Steps: An Introduction to National Quality Standards
Global Games
Homework Enrichment Training
Adventures in Peacemaking
Summer of Service
Teamswork! On the Road to Accreditation
Theme-based Activities

Backup Emergency Care
Mildly Ill Conference

Elder Care
Elder Care Fair
Escorted Transportation
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Home Care Worker Recruitment/Training
Home Repair Service
Overnight Respite

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