Advocacy Action Center

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

Illinois Early Childhood Policy

Legislative Agenda

The Ounce of Prevention Fund’s annual agenda provides a snapshot of the budget requests and early childhood priorities we are advocating for during the FY2020 legislative session.

Advocacy Day

On April 3, hundreds of early childhood advocates across Illinois traveled to Springfield to champion early childhood programs.

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 legislator

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.

    • Live in Illinois? Click here.
    • If you live outside of Illinois, click here.

Show support on social media

Show support on social media with your own post, or customize and share the sample posts below. Don’t forget to use #AdvocateECE and tag your lawmaker – find his or her Twitter handle here.

Facebook
Quality early learning is proven to give our littlest learners the brightest beginning! Help every child get the critical supports and services they need to succeed by investing in #ECE! @ounceofpreventionfund

Twitter

Tweet: I advocate for brighter beginnings for our youngest children! We need quality #ECE for all children! @theOunce #AdvocateECE I advocate for brighter beginnings for our youngest children! We need quality #ECE for all children! @theOunce #AdvocateECE

Tweet: As an #earlylearning provider, I urge legislators to #AdvocateECE & fund essential services that help children and families have the brightest beginnings! @theOunce As an #earlylearning provider, I urge legislators to #AdvocateECE & fund essential services that help children and families have the brightest beginnings! @theOunce


Record your story using Ounce Voices

Click here to share why you advocate for early childhood education.

A few quick tips for filming your story – find a quiet, well-lit place to film; hold camera horizontally and center your face in the frame; look into the lens rather than at yourself on the screen; and speak clearly and slowly. Note that stories must be kept to 45-seconds or less.