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

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 2018 legislative session.

Legislative Agenda

Read about our plan for the 2018–19 legislative session.


Oppose the public charge changes!

The Department of Homeland Security recently proposed new federal changes to the “public charge” regulation that would have devastating impacts on children and families. Public charge is designed to identify immigrants who may depend on the government as their main source of support. If a person is likely to become a public charge, the government […]

Governor signs three early childhood bills into law!

We are thrilled to report that three important early childhood bills have now been signed into law: HB4965 (PA 100-909) moves the time for redetermination of eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program from six months to 12 to provide more stability for children in their care setting. SB1829 (PA 100-645) provides a five-year, time-limited solution […]

New data shows levels of kindergarten readiness in Illinois

A new report released from the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) provides the first consistent picture across all Illinois elementary school districts of the skills children have as they enter kindergarten. The development and statewide implementation of KIDS was a public-private effort driven in partnership with Ounce of Prevention Fund, Advance Illinois, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, […]

Your input requested: parent-teacher relationship survey

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are conducting a survey of teachers’ experiences working with parents of the children in their classrooms. All early childhood lead teachers working in the Chicago area are eligible to participate. Your experiences and perspectives are important and will help the researchers to better understand how to support […]

Illinois state budget passed including significant funding for early childhood!

The Illinois General Assembly passed the FY2019 Illinois state budget! The governor has indicated he will sign the budget into law in the coming days. This news comes well in advance of the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2018. The budget, which was developed and passed on a bipartisan basis, provides significant […]

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 […]

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