The Illinois Policy Team works closely with partners and legislators to help shape the foundational elements of the state’s early childhood system, including major funding streams, legislation and federal and state initiatives. With a long history of work that is rooted in our deep experiences in Illinois, the team diligently advocates for high-quality early childhood services that children and families need beginning prenatally and through the first five years.
Over the last year, through legislative, administrative and grassroots advocacy, we successfully championed a number of noteworthy bills to became law that are significant to young children, parents, teachers and other early childhood practitioners. Perhaps most notably, the Illinois General Assembly passed the state’s fiscal year 2020 (FY2020) budget with significant funding for the state’s early childhood system.
You can review FY2020 legislation led by the Illinois Policy Team and its advocacy partners in its annual Legislative Summary.