Past Action Alerts

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Early Childhood Advocacy Day Registration Closing Soon!

There is still time to register for Early Childhood Advocacy Day! Join us on Tuesday, April 10 in Springfield, IL to advocate for our littlest learners and their families because today we shape tomorrow. Space is available on the bus departing from Chicago, reserve your spot today! Registration closes Monday, April 2. What to Expect […]

Federal Budget Signed—Major Investments for Early Childhood!

Late last week, Congress passed, and the president signed, the FY2018 Omnibus appropriations plan that funds the government through September 2018. This bipartisan spending package includes significant increases to early childhood programs: $2.37 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant–the single largest increase in the program’s history $610 million increase for Head […]

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 […]

RFP Deadline Extension for PFA and PFAE

The deadline has been extended for submission of FY2019 Request for Proposals for Preschool for All (PFA) and Preschool for All Expansion Model (PFAE) to January 31, 2018 at 4pm. The links above contain updated information, including a checklist under the “Content and Form Application Submission” sections. Please ensure that all documents are signed by the Authorized […]

ISBE Requesting Evaluators

Dear Supporter, The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is looking for evaluators to review Early Childhood Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Evaluators would be responsible to read RFPs for: Prevention Initiative Preschool for All Preschool for All Expansion In submitting an application you are volunteering your time and expertise to complete the evaluation of approximately 10 […]

Federal Update: CHIP, MIECHV and DACA

On Monday, Congress passed another short-term continuing resolution (CR) ending the brief government shutdown over the weekend. The deal included a 6-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), ending the uncertainty for nearly 326,000 children in Illinois. Thank you for your ongoing advocacy and outreach efforts to communicate the importance of CHIP!  What […]

Day of Action for MIECHV and CHIP

Congress has still not extended the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), both of which provide vital services to children and families across Illinois. Congress must act immediately as both programs expired over 100 days ago. Take action today and urge your legislators to include […]

Important Notice Regarding ISBE FY2019 RFPs

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the statewide re-competition of the FY2019 Early Childhood Block Grant: Preschool For All (PFA), Preschool for All-Expansion (PFA-E) and Prevention Initiative (PI). Please remember, this is a statewide re-competition for funds, therefore, ALL programs providing services MUST SUBMIT a FY2019 application to […]

December 18: Join Us for a Housing and Early Childhood Education Webinar

Please join us for the webinar, A Roof is Not Enough: Housing & Early Childhood Education Partnership, on Monday, December 18 from 12-1pm to learn how homelessness can affect the educational success of children and learn about the programs and services available to support positive child health and development. Expert panelists from Chapin Hall at the […]

Materials from the Immigration and Early Childhood Webinar

Thank you for joining our webinar “Young Children and Families Impacted by the Current Immigration Political Climate: What Should We Know and How Can We Best Support?” on December 5. We hope you found the information beneficial in best supporting young children and families. If you missed the webinar or would like to share it with […]

Mark Your Calendar: Immigration Webinar on December 5, 2017

Every child and family deserves to feel welcome, safe and valued regardless of their actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status. Unfortunately, anti-immigrant policies, rhetoric and uncertainty are increasingly impacting the overall well-being and development of young children and families living in Illinois and across the nation. In response, early childhood and immigrant advocate organizations […]

TA Opportunity for ISBE RFPs

Learn more about the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) Preschool for All and Preschool For All-Expansion Request for Proposals (RFPs) at two upcoming workshops, both held from 10am-3:30pm: December 5 in Decatur December 12 in Chicago Heights The RFPs are due January 12, 2018. There will also be some basic information about the upcoming Prevention […]

Renew MIECHV and CHIP Now!

The clock is ticking and Congress has not extended the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), both of which provide vital services to children and families across the state. While both House and Senate committees took action on CHIP reauthorization bills earlier this month and […]

Be a Champion for Early Childhood Education!

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has begun its annual budget process for FY2019 and it’s critical that your voice is part of the conversation. Each year ISBE hosts hearings around the state and community members can influence the Board’s budgeting process. It’s important for early childhood advocates to attend these hearings to urge […]