Past Action Alerts

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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 […]

ISBE Announces FY2018 Letters of Intent

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued a Notice of Intent to Submit Proposals for the Preschool for All Expansion and Prevention Initiative programs for FY2018. If your program previously completed the Intent to Submit survey, please note that a new submission is required. This is the first time in several years that this funding […]

Time to Take Action on MIECHV!

Today is the National Home Visiting Coalition’s Day of Action for MIECHV! The federal home visiting program, also known as the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2017. With less than 100 days to its deadline, we need your help to show support for MIECHV […]

Illinois Has a Budget!

Today, Illinois took a step forward on the path to rebuilding our investment in children and families. With the House of Representatives’ veto override, we now have a full-year, fully-funded budget for FY18 as well as appropriations for the second half of FY17 for those programs who hadn’t yet received it. The approved budget–the first […]

Reminder: 2017 Legislative Session Webinar is tomorrow!

Join us July 6, at 11am for our 2017 Legislative Session Webinar for: An update on the latest discussions on the Illinois state budget A recap of important early childhood legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly An update on current federal actions, including the federal budget process, MIECHV reauthorization and health care reform bills Information […]

Your Help Needed to Pass a State Budget

Illinois has entered another new year with no state budget. A new General Assembly has been sworn in and tomorrow Governor Rauner will speak to Illinoisans in his State of the State address.

Illinois Needs a Fully Funded Budget

As we enter the New Year, there is still no resolution to the state budget. Even with the stopgap budget, the budget impasse continues to harm Illinois’ youngest learners and their families. Countless children have lost access to services as organizations lack financial stability. Short-term budgets have failed to undo the damage caused during the […]

Save the Date for Advocacy Day 2017!

This year’s Early Childhood Advocacy Day is on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Every year, advocates from around the state meet in Springfield to speak up for children and urge legislators to support high-quality early childhood programs and services.

ISBE Listening Tours Start Next Week!

Last Friday, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) unveiled the second draft of its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan. ISBE is hosting a third round of listening tours to gather input on the latest draft of the State Plan. As you recall, ISBE already hosted listening tours in the spring. This current […]

It’s Election Day–Get Out and Vote

Today, November 8, is Election Day! Make your voice count by selecting not only a president, but several other important offices like a U.S. senator, members of the U.S. house of representatives, as well as many state senators and every member of the Illinois house. You can view a full list of offices up for […]