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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 […]

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: http://www.theounce.org/what-we-do/policy/action-alerts/take-action-on-infant-early-childhood-mental-health#sthash.w4z81mC7.dpuf

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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