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.


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 […]

Early Childhood Advocacy Day Registration Closing Soon!

There is still time to register for Early Childhood Advocacy Day! Join us on Tuesday, April 10 in Springfield, IL to advocate for our littlest learners and their families because today we shape tomorrow. Space is available on the bus departing from Chicago, reserve your spot today! Registration closes Monday, April 2. What to Expect […]

Federal Budget Signed—Major Investments for Early Childhood!

Late last week, Congress passed, and the president signed, the FY2018 Omnibus appropriations plan that funds the government through September 2018. This bipartisan spending package includes significant increases to early childhood programs: $2.37 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant–the single largest increase in the program’s history $610 million increase for Head […]

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