Advocacy Action Center

Your source for early childhood issues in Illinois—and a way to tell legislators the importance of such programs.

How to Take Action

MIECHV Reauthorization

MIECHV was reauthorized for five years at level funding as part of a bipartisan budget act.

Early Childhood Advocacy Day

Join other advocates from across the state to raise your voice at our annual event held in Springfield.

Illinois Early Childhood Policy

Legislative Summary

A summary of what happened in Springfield during the 2017 legislative session

Legislative Agenda

Read about our plan for the 2018–19 legislative session.

MORE ACTION ALERTS

Your input requested: parent-teacher relationship survey

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are conducting a survey of teachers’ experiences working with parents of the children in their classrooms. All early childhood lead teachers working in the Chicago area are eligible to participate. Your experiences and perspectives are important and will help the researchers to better understand how to support […]

Illinois state budget passed including significant funding for early childhood!

The Illinois General Assembly passed the FY2019 Illinois state budget! The governor has indicated he will sign the budget into law in the coming days. This news comes well in advance of the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2018. The budget, which was developed and passed on a bipartisan basis, provides significant […]

Support a budget with early childhood investments!

The Illinois General Assembly is crafting its budget before the May 31 adjournment. Urge your legislators to pass a full-year, fully-funded state budget that protects and strengthens early childhood investments! Contact Your Lawmaker Legislators should champion the needs of children and families by: Supporting the Illinois State Board of Education’s request for a $50 million […]

Mark Your Calendar: Public Hearings May 22 on Child Care Development Fund Plan

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) issued a notice of public hearing for comments on the federal Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan for FFY 2019-2021 .The public is invited to attend the hearings in person or to participate by webinar. If participating by webinar, advanced registration is required: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 […]

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