March 2021 Newsletter

Austin Childcare Providers Network

Welcome to our newsletter. Each newsletter provides ACPN updates and critical member announcements. Please check often as new information is shared frequently. 

March 31st is the last day to pay for ACPN membership dues for our present members.  Only new members can join the Network after March 31.  Membership registration should be completed on our website Once the membership application/survey has been completed online, please contact Gerry Taylor at to schedule a Chromebook tutorial session.

Once a new member has completed the application/survey and paid their annual dues, please call Ruth to make arrangements to pick up your Chromebook.
March 10th – Please mark your calendar for our Quarterly network meeting 1:00pm – 2:30pm – A Zoom invite will be sent out soon
March 17th – Rush University’s  ECHO bi-weekly Zoom – 1:00pm – 2:00pm

ACPN is presently working on 3 new initiatives:
1 – ECE college coursework in partnership with Malcolm X college.  If you’re interested, you can register to take classes toward your Infant Toddler Credential or Associate Degree in ECE for yourself or your staff, please contact Ruth Kimball at for the class start date and funding opportunities to pay for the courses.
2 – Kindergarten Readiness – ACPN is in the planning stage of an initiative with the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois to provide resources for our families and trainings for our providers.   If you are interested in being part of this initiative, please contact Madelyn James at

3 – Being in an Accelerate Cohort, is a pathway to earning your QRIS,  Silver Accelerate Credential.   Earning a Silver level will qualify your program for a 10% add on to your CCAP payments.  ACPN is in the planning stage of an initiative with INCCRRA to engage 10 providers in our Accreditation Cohort that will begin in July, 2021.  Please contact Erma Jackson at for more information.   Please note that anyone pursuing an Accelerate level will need a copy of their Network membership card when applying for the program.  Please reach out to me to pickup your card.