Field Trip Packs

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has developed a new resource available to Early Childhood educators.  For more information, go to:  Field Trip Packs



PACT/WIU Child Care Center is awarded accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC)

The National Accreditation Commission (NAC) for Early Care and Education Programs announced 7/28/14 that PACT WIU Child Care Center in Macomb, Illinois, has been awarded Accreditation.

As an Accredited center, PACT WIU Child Care Center has been recognized as an early care and education program exemplifying excellence in the care of young children. PACT/WIU Child Care Center provides a high quality program for children that is conducive to their individual growth and development that exceeds state licensing requirements. This 3-year accreditation is the 2nd one awarded to the Center; the first was in 2011.

The accreditation process included a self-study process in which administrators, staff, and parents evaluated the program in accordance with Accreditation standards. Then an onsite observation was conducted at the Center by an early childhood professional. Based on these two processes, the Macomb Center was awarded accreditation the NAC for Early Care and Education. All parents, staff, and administrators are to be congratulated for achieving this level of excellence.

The PACT WIU Child Care Center also provides child care for WIU students and staff. Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded programs designed to encourage the healthy development of young children. Call 1-800-443-7228 or go to for more information. The NAC for Early Care and Education Programs is sponsored by the Association for Early Learning Leaders, a national leader among associations serving child care owners, directors and administrators. The organization’s goal is to strengthen and enhance the skills and knowledge of leaders in the field of early child care and education by providing membership services and benefits. For more info, please visit


PACT Accepts Applications Year-Round

PACT for West Central Illinois accepts applications on an ongoing basis during the year.  PACT serves pregnant women and children ages birth to five years, who live in Brown, Cass, Hancock, McDonough, Pike, Schuyler, Scott, and rural Adams counties in West Central Illinois.  If you know of families that have children under five years old, that will not be attending kindergarten in the fall, contact us today.

Eligibility for Head Start and Early Head Start is based on income.  Ten percent of the enrollment slots are reserved for children with special needs, regardless of income.  If a family has a child under five years old with a special need, PACT will complete an application regardless of income level.  The program is at no cost to those who qualify.

You can get more information about the PACT program by clicking the red 'APPLY FOR HEADSTART' button on the right-hand side of this web page, and completing the online form that is then provided.  If you have further questions, call Mary Dunmire at 217-773-3903 or 1-800-443-PACT; or you may e-mail to