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 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 2017 legislative session

Legislative Agenda

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


Day of Action for MIECHV and CHIP

Congress has still 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 Illinois. Congress must act immediately as both programs expired over 100 days ago. Take action today and urge your legislators to include […]

Important Notice Regarding ISBE FY2019 RFPs

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the statewide re-competition of the FY2019 Early Childhood Block Grant: Preschool For All (PFA), Preschool for All-Expansion (PFA-E) and Prevention Initiative (PI). Please remember, this is a statewide re-competition for funds, therefore, ALL programs providing services MUST SUBMIT a FY2019 application to […]

December 18: Join Us for a Housing and Early Childhood Education Webinar

Please join us for the webinar, A Roof is Not Enough: Housing & Early Childhood Education Partnership, on Monday, December 18 from 12-1pm to learn how homelessness can affect the educational success of children and learn about the programs and services available to support positive child health and development. Expert panelists from Chapin Hall at the […]

Materials from the Immigration and Early Childhood Webinar

Thank you for joining our webinar “Young Children and Families Impacted by the Current Immigration Political Climate: What Should We Know and How Can We Best Support?” on December 5. We hope you found the information beneficial in best supporting young children and families. If you missed the webinar or would like to share it with […]

Mark Your Calendar: Immigration Webinar on December 5, 2017

Every child and family deserves to feel welcome, safe and valued regardless of their actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status. Unfortunately, anti-immigrant policies, rhetoric and uncertainty are increasingly impacting the overall well-being and development of young children and families living in Illinois and across the nation. In response, early childhood and immigrant advocate organizations […]

TA Opportunity for ISBE RFPs

Learn more about the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) Preschool for All and Preschool For All-Expansion Request for Proposals (RFPs) at two upcoming workshops, both held from 10am-3:30pm: December 5 in Decatur December 12 in Chicago Heights The RFPs are due January 12, 2018. There will also be some basic information about the upcoming Prevention […]

See past action alerts in our archive.