We work on public policy at the national, state and local levels to give all young children high-quality early childhood experiences.
Change the first five years and you change everything.
For more than 30 years we’ve helped policymakers understand the benefits of and the science behind early childhood education. We work with lawmakers and administrators to direct public funding toward early childhood programs that are proven to be effective.
Parents, educators, program staff, community members—anyone can use these resources to speak up for and advocate on behalf of young children.
Learn the latest news about early childhood in Illinois, how decisions being considered at the state level may impact young children and families, and what you can do to help.
Our national policy team builds on the experiences and lessons of our Illinois policy and advocacy work, and partners closely with state leaders across the country to help them raise and strengthen their own early childhood systems.
We help district leadership and local policymakers strategize, develop, and implement policy initiatives that use early learning as a foundation to create stronger educational continuums.
POLICY AREA PRIORITIES
We champion greater access to the following priority areas, as well as other high-quality early childhood services for at-risk young children and families—in Illinois and beyond: