Advocacy & Policy

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Advocate for a Better Early Childhood Education in Illinois!

Ready to make a difference in the lives of children and families across Illinois? Join our advocacy efforts for early childhood education and be a voice for positive change. As an advocate, you’ll play a vital role in shaping policies, raising awareness, and ensuring every child has access to quality early education. Join IAFC in shaping the future of childcare and early education in Illinois.

Illinois Action for Children believes in the power of grassroots engagement. Our coalition prioritizes community involvement, policy expertise, independent research, and strategic partnerships to drive effective advocacy. Through grassroots organizing, events, and research initiatives, we empower individuals and communities to shape the systems that impact them.

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Our Pledge to Equity and Justice

At Illinois Action for Children (IAFC), we are committed to building a child care and early education system that fosters racial, gender, and economic equity and justice for all. Our principles guide our work:

  • Supporting Children and Families: We prioritize the well-being of children and their families, respecting parent choice and advocating for equitable outcomes.
  • Centering Family and Provider Experiences: Our approach revolves around creating a coordinated early childhood system that reflects the needs and perspectives of families and providers.
  • Elevating Voices: We amplify the voices and experiences of parents and providers, ensuring their input shapes our advocacy efforts and policy initiatives.

Join The Coalition

Welcome to our grassroots movement dedicated to ensuring every child receives quality early education. We believe that investing in the early years of a child’s life is crucial for their lifelong success. Join us in our mission to advocate for policies and initiatives that prioritize the well-being and development of our youngest learners.

Explore our work and learn how you can get involved

All Children, All Families

A proactive and aggressive policy agenda to advance child care and early education in Illinois. The Sylvia Cotton Center for Research and Policy Innovation created the All

Children, All Families agenda to guide our pursuit of racial, gender, and economic equity for child care and early education programs throughout Illinois.

Learn more about All Children, All Families

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Right To Care Campaign

The Right To Care campaign is a group of early childhood advocates, non-profit organizations, child care and early education providers, school districts, parents, and others who have come together to fight for the well-being of Illinois’ youngest children. The campaign’s vision is to make Illinois a state where all families, providers, and educators have the resource they need to help children in succeed. Learn more about the Right To Care Campaign!

Learn more about Right To Care Campaign