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 Has a Budget!

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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Other Ways to Take Action

Illinois Budget Action Guide

Learn how the budget impasse affected 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

ISBE Announces FY2018 Letters of Intent

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 […]

Time to Take Action on MIECHV!

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 […]

Illinois Has a Budget!

Today, 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. The approved budget–the first […]

Reminder: 2017 Legislative Session Webinar is tomorrow!

Join us July 6, at 11am for our 2017 Legislative Session Webinar for: An update on the latest discussions on the Illinois state budget A recap of important early childhood legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly An update on current federal actions, including the federal budget process, MIECHV reauthorization and health care reform bills Information […]

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 […]

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