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Early Childhood Advocates Call on the Illinois House of Representatives to Override Governor’s Veto

7/5/17

Over the long holiday weekend, the Illinois General Assembly worked in a bipartisan manner to end the unprecedented budget impasse, passing a full-year budget for FY2018 and the revenue increases needed to fund that budget. The governor vetoed the bills…

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STATEMENT FROM ILLINOIS ACTION FOR CHILDREN ON THE CONTINUED STATE BUDGET IMPASSE

6/2/17

Once again, it is June 1. Once again, Illinois does not have a budget for the upcoming fiscal year (or the current one, for that matter). We commend the Illinois Senate for passing a balanced budget that includes adequate revenue…

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Let’s help pre-K children succeed, not expel them

5/15/17

Expelling students from pre-K programs can predispose them to a number of risks including school failure, teen pregnancy, unemployment and violence. (Hero Images / Getty Images)

How can we expect to solve crime and poverty when we’re expelling preschoolers?

Across the nation,…

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View the latest report released from the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC)

4/28/17

Illinois’ Early Childhood Innovation Zones was successful in enrolling Illinois’ most vulnerable children in high quality early learning programs throughout 11 high need communities. This unique initiative developed a new approach to address complex problems in the early childhood system…

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POLICY BRIEF: Loss of Child Care Due to 2015 Cuts Limits Parents Pursuit of Education and Training

2/16/17

Campaign to Restore Child Care Eligibility Almost 2 years after devastating cuts were enacted to the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), thousands of families remain ineligible for child care. Despite restored eligibility for all but two populations five months later,…

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