Advocacy Action Center

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

News & Updates

2019 Legislative Summary

Our Illinois Policy Team recently released its annual Legislative Summary, which highlights the many policy changes the Ounce and its partners influenced in the state last year.

Be a Champion for Early Childhood!

The Ounce encourages advocates to be a part of the Illinois State Board of Education’s budget hearings, where stakeholders have the opportunity to help shape the drafting of the state’s FY2021 budget – ensuring we better address the far too many children in Illinois facing great challenges.

The Ounce recaps the latest developments on the FY20 budget from Springfield, IL

Our Illinois Policy Team shares some of the wins for early childhood in the state! Read our recap here.

Lend your Virtual Voice

Raise your voice and encourage lawmakers to invest in early childhood programs and education through any of the below actions:

Easily send a letter to your legislators

Urge them to act today and invest in brighter beginnings for our youngest learners and their families. If you are a parent, provider, teacher or administrator, let your legislator(s) know the value early childhood programs provide, and also share information about your program.

Record your story using Ounce Voices

Early Childhood Advocacy Day

On April 3, hundreds of early childhood advocates across Illinois traveled to Springfield to champion early childhood programs. Read our recap of the day.