The research is clear: public investments in young children under age 5 produce the greatest returns by preparing children for success in school and life. Especially in difficult economic times, Illinois must invest in early childhood programs that are proven to improve outcomes for children and reduce long-term spending on the education and health issues that result when children do not have quality early experiences.
Take action to address the significant FY2015 budget shortfalls for the Child Care Assistance ($300 million) and Early Intervention (at least $20 million) programs
Ensure that the FY2016 budget invests in and protects key early
- Restore $50 million (of the $80 million) cut from the Early Childhood Block Grant to return to a path toward Preschool for All and protect new federal investments
- Restore 10% ($1.9 million) cut to home visitation funding (Healthy Families and Parents Too Soon) to protect federal funds and support program quality
- Adequately fund the Child Care Assistance Program to meet new federal guidelines for improved quality and maintain services for eligible children
- Increase funding to Early Intervention to respond to the growing number of children eligible for services
- Restore $12.3 million in funding for bilingual education services to restore to FY2009 funding levels.
Download a PDF of the 2015 legislative agenda.