Your source for early childhood issues in Illinois—and a way to tell legislators the importance of such programs.
As we enter the New Year, there is still no resolution to the state budget. Even with the stopgap budget, the budget impasse continues to harm Illinois' youngest learners and their families.
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ISBE Releases FY2018 ECBG Intent to Submit Proposal
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued Notices of Intent to Submit Proposals for Prevention Initiative (PI), Preschool for All (PFA) and PFA Expansion programs for FY2018. All entities which intend to apply for FY2018 PI or PFA funding must submit a very brief online survey by February 28, 2017. Learn more.
Your Help Needed to Pass a State Budget!
Members of the Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) are calling on Governor Rauner and lawmakers to set aside political agendas and present complete budget proposals that invest in Illinois families and communities. Join thousands of Illinoisans raising their voices and contact your legislators today to take action!
Save the Date for Advocacy Day 2017!
This year's Early Childhood Advocacy Day is on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 . Every year, advocates from around the state meet in Springfield to speak up for children and urge legislators to support high-quality early childhood programs and services. Learn more.
ISBE Listening Tours Start Next Week!
ISBE is hosting a third round of listening tours to gather input on the latest draft of the State Plan. As you recall, ISBE already hosted listening tours in the spring. This current round of listening tours allows you to voice input on specific portions of the State Plan. Learn more.
It's Election Day–Get Out and Vote!
Today, November 8, is Election Day! Make your voice count by selecting not only a president, but several other important offices like a U.S. senator, members of the U.S. house of representatives, as well as many state senators and every member of the Illinois house. Take Action!
See past action alerts in our archive.