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 was reauthorized for five years at level funding as part of a bipartisan budget act.

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 2018–19 legislative session.


Register Today for Early Childhood Advocacy Day!

Join fellow early childhood champions to advocate for services during Early Childhood Advocacy Day, hosted by the Ounce of Prevention Fund and Illinois Action for Children, on Tuesday, April 10, in Springfield, IL. Help us advocate for our littlest learners and their families because today we shape tomorrow. Registration is now open–reserve your spot today! […]

Join us next week: Legislative Session Update Webinar

Join us on March 21 at 11:30am for our 2018 Legislative Session Update Webinar. During the webinar you’ll learn more about what’s happening at both the federal and state levels and more ways to get involved. 2018 Legislative Session Overview Webinar Wednesday, March 21 11:30am-12:30pm Webinar topics will include:  Federal and state legislative landscape Federal […]

Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship

The Mayor’s Office for Early Learning, Truman College’s Office of College to Careers, Chicago Public Schools and the Department of Family Support Services are collaborating to invest $2 million in the Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship . This scholarship will provide access for Chicagoans to pursue additional coursework in early care and education in order […]

Statement on Governor Rauner’s FY2019 Budget Proposal

ILLINOIS ACTION FOR CHILDREN AND THE OUNCE OF PREVENTION FUND RESPOND TO GOV. RAUNER’S PROPOSED 2019 BUDGET Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget includes a mix of small increases and level funding for some early learning programs and a significant cut to the Child Care program. “We know there are more […]

Congress Passed Budget Bill Including MIECHV and CCDBG!

This morning, Congress passed a budget bill that includes a five year, level-funded reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program! This action was critical as MIECHV expired last September, and  that delay was beginning to impact state and tribal programs. The spending bill included an agreement for significant additional funding for […]

Registration is Open for Early Childhood Advocacy Day!

Join fellow early childhood champions to advocate for services that support strong children, families and communities at Early Childhood Advocacy Day on Tuesday, April 10, in Springfield, IL. Register Today Who should attend?  Providers, home visitors, teachers, administrators, parents, students and other early childhood advocates. If you can’t attend in person, stay tuned for ways […]

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