Your source for early childhood issues in Illinois—and a way to tell legislators the importance of such programs.
Illinois took a step forward on the path to rebuilding our investment in children and families. With the House of Representatives’ veto override, we now have a full-year, fully-funded budget for FY18 as well as appropriations for the second half of FY17 for those programs who hadn’t yet received it.
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The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has begun its annual budget process for FY2019 and it’s critical that your voice is part of the conversation. Each year ISBE hosts hearings around the state and community members can influence the Board’s budgeting process. It’s important for early childhood advocates to attend these hearings to urge […]
The September 30 deadline passed and Congress has not extended the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), both of which provide vital services to children and families across the state. While both House and Senate committees took action on CHIP reauthorization bills yesterday and there […]
We would like to share two major federal updates impacting children and families: By a vote of 214-209, the US House just narrowly approved HR2824, their Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) reauthorization bill. The bill provides a 5-year extension of the MIECHV federal home visiting program, but still contains a problematic provision […]
The healthcare of children and families is once again at risk. The US Senate has now proposed the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would dramatically restructure Medicaid as well as repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the fate of the bill is unclear, it is still possible that the Senate will vote on the measure this week. […]
As the September 30 expiration of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program draws near, we want to update you on legislative action in the US Congress, and encourage your efforts to keep MIECHV going. It is critical that Senators Durbin and Duckworth, as well as your US House Representative, hear from you […]
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program expires on September 30! Take action today by contacting your US Senators and US Representative to remind them that swift action is needed to reauthorize MIECHV. It’s critical that the Illinois Congressional Delegation hears from all of us about the importance of MIECHV and the […]
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program expires in less than 50 days and we NEED YOUR HELP! Contact your US Senators and US Representative now to remind them that swift action is needed to reauthorize MIECHV. It’s critical that the Illinois Congressional Delegation hears from us about the importance of MIECHV and the […]
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued a Notice of Intent to Submit Proposals for the Preschool for All Expansion and Prevention Initiative programs for FY2018. If your program previously completed the Intent to Submit survey, please note that a new submission is required. This is the first time in several years that this funding […]
Today is the National Home Visiting Coalition’s Day of Action for MIECHV! The federal home visiting program, also known as the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2017. With less than 100 days to its deadline, we need your help to show support for MIECHV […]
The US House of Representatives is expected to take up the American Health Care Act (AHCA) tomorrow, with Senate action beginning as early as next week. Call today and ask your representative to OPPOSE the AHCA.
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