Past Action Alerts

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Early Voting is Underway

Election Day is not until November 8, but you can cast your ballot now through November 7 at early voting locations throughout the state. Early voting allows you to vote at your convenience if you work long hours, a varied schedule, must travel on Election Day or simply want to cast your ballot at a […]

ISBE Budget Hearings–How You Can Be a Champion for Early Childhood Education!

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has begun its annual budget process for FY2018 and it’s critical that your voice is part of the conversation. Each year ISBE hosts hearings around the state to allow community members the opportunity to influence the Board’s budgeting process. It’s important for early childhood advocates to attend these […]

National Voter Registration Day

Are you registered to vote? Have you moved or changed your name recently? Do you want to help others become registered voters?

Take Action on Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health

Tomorrow, August 31, join ZERO TO THREE and advocates from across the country for an Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Day of Action. – See more at:

Illinois General Assembly Passes Budget

Today, the last day of FY2016, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bipartisan budget! It includes full FY2017 funding for education. The budget also includes funding for human services, other state programs and operations for all of FY2016 and the first half of FY2017 (through December 2016). What’s in the budget? The agreement includes: A […]

RFP for Prevention Initiative and Preschool For All

As a result of significant new funds approved last week by the General Assembly and governor, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is now accepting Request for Proposals (RFP) for the FY2017 Prevention Initiative (PI) and Preschool for All (PFA).

Thank you for joining us at A Seat on the Rug!

Thank you for joining us at A Seat on the Rug: Enrolling and Serving Children Experiencing Homelessness in Early Learning Programs! The event was a success thanks to your participation.

Tomorrow: A Seat on the Rug event

Join us tomorrow, May 25, for an opportunity to explore best practices for servicing families experiencing homelessness in early care and education programs. Registration is closed for in-person attendance, but you can still join us online!

Help Pass Social Services Stopgap Funding!

There is a bill before the governor that will provide partial relief to the human services organizations that have been providing critical services across the state without reimbursement for nearly a year–please take 5 minutes to help urge its passing! With strong bi-partisan support, the General Assembly on Thursday advanced an emergency stopgap funding bill, […]

Urge Lawmakers to Pass a 2016 Budget!

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Early Childhood Block Grant Re-Competition Webinar

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development invite you to participate in a webinar on May 10 from 12:00-1:00pm to learn about plans for the FY2018 re-competition of the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG).

Yes on SB2047: Urge your representatives to act!

Last Friday the House and Senate approved SB2059, legislation that provides limited, stopgap funding to higher education and the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP grants). The bill is paid for by funds in the Advancing Education Fund and was signed into law (Public Act 99-502) by Governor Rauner on Monday, April 25. Before adjourning on Friday, the […]

Early Childhood Advocacy Day was a success! Let’s continue advocating!

Early Childhood Advocacy Day was a great success! On April 12, hundreds of early childhood advocates across Illinois came to Springfield to fight for early childhood programs. Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth and Sen. Toi Hutchinson provided inspiring remarks to kick-off the day. When advocates reached the capitol, they made their voices heard.

Early Childhood Advocacy Day is Today!

Right now, hundreds of advocates are in Springfield advocating for early childhood programs and speaking up for a solution to the budget impasse at the state capitol. You can participate in Early Childhood Advocacy Day by acting now!

January 27: State of Our State Rally

Join the State of OUR State Rally on Wednesday, January 27 in Springfield. The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) invites advocates to join together in Springfield and demand solutions to ensure that families and communities succeed before the governor delivers his State of the State Address.

Be a champion for early childhood education at an ISBE budget hearing near you!

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has begun its annual budget process for FY2017 and it’s critical that your voice is part of the conversation. Each year, ISBE hosts hearings around the state to allow community members to weigh in on the board’s priorities to inform its proposed budget. It’s important that early childhood […]

Tell your lawmakers to vote ‘yes’ on SB570

This Tuesday, November 10, the General Assembly reconvenes, and it’s imperative that your legislators are present to take action. Call and email your lawmakers today, ask whether they will attend session on November 10, then strongly encourage them to vote “yes” in support of Senate Bill (SB) 570, which would revoke the harmful and restrictive […]