Past Action Alerts

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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 […]

Tell Your Lawmakers: Reauthorize MIECHV and CHIP Now!

The September 30 deadline passed 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 yesterday and there […]

Important updates from Washington, DC

We would like to share two major federal updates impacting children and families: By a vote of 214-209, the US House just narrowly approved HR2824, their Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) reauthorization bill. The bill provides a 5-year extension of the MIECHV federal home visiting program, but still contains a problematic provision […]

Urge Your US Rep. to Vote NO on Graham-Cassidy

The healthcare of children and families is once again at risk. The US Senate has now proposed the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would dramatically restructure Medicaid as well as repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the fate of the bill is unclear, it is still possible that the Senate will vote on the measure this week.  […]

MIECHV Reauthorization Update

As the September 30 expiration of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program draws near, we want to update you on legislative action in the US Congress, and encourage your efforts to keep MIECHV going. It is critical that Senators Durbin and Duckworth, as well as your US House Representative, hear from you […]

Take Action: Show Your Support for MIECHV Reauthorization!

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program expires on September 30! Take action today by contacting your US Senators and US Representative to remind them that swift action is needed to reauthorize MIECHV. It’s critical that the Illinois Congressional Delegation hears from all of us about the importance of MIECHV and the […]

Show Your Support for MIECHV Reauthorization!

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program expires in less than 50 days and we NEED YOUR HELP! Contact your US Senators and US Representative now to remind them that swift action is needed to reauthorize MIECHV.  It’s critical that the Illinois Congressional Delegation hears from us about the importance of MIECHV and the […]