Advocacy Action Center

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

Action Alerts

Illinois Needs a Fully Funded Budget

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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Other Ways to Take Action

Illinois Budget Action Guide

Learn how the current stopgap budget is affecting children, families and communities across the state.

MIECHV Reauthorization

MIECHV is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2017, unless Congress takes action.

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 2016 legislative session

Legislative Agenda

Read about our plan for the 2017–18 legislative session.

MORE ACTION ALERTS

Your Help Needed to Pass a State Budget

Illinois has entered another new year with no state budget. A new General Assembly has been sworn in and tomorrow Governor Rauner will speak to Illinoisans in his State of the State address.

Illinois Needs a Fully Funded Budget

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. Countless children have lost access to services as organizations lack financial stability. Short-term budgets have failed to undo the damage caused during the […]

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.

ISBE Listening Tours Start Next Week!

Last Friday, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) unveiled the second draft of its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan. 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 […]

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. You can view a full list of offices up for […]

See past action alerts in our archive.