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


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)


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


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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Illinois Action for Children Statement on Governor Rauner’s State Budget Address


We were encouraged by several developments in today’s FY18 state budget address, most notably the Governor’s apparent commitment to return Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) income-eligibility to 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Read more…

Statement from Illinois Action for Children on Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address – 1.25.17


After more than 18 months without a state budget, it was heartening to hear the Governor speak today in support of the budget compromise being worked on in the Senate. However, any rhetoric on this front needs to be matched…

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