Advocacy Events & Webinars

Past Advocacy Webinars

The Public Policy and Advocacy Program provides opportunities for advocates and community members to learn about policy updates at the state and federal levels. We also offer, when possible, many of these webinars in Spanish.

If you missed a webinar, you can view the recordings below or at our YouTube Channel.

2020

Legislative Session 2020

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Fair Tax

Missed our Fair Tax Webinar? Curious about how the Fair Tax Act will affect you and your community? The old way of taxing income in Illinois is unfair and inadequate. WE CAN FIX IT. Everyone benefits from Fair Tax reform—but we can only win if everyone’s involved. Learn about the Fair Tax and how it can be used to fund early childhood programs in your community! Together we can lift the unfair burden from the middle class, make it so the millionaires pay their share, raise revenue for schools and other priorities, and ease the property tax crunch. View Webinar

Voter Reg

Election Day is just around the corner! As a leader in the field of ensuring safe, affordable, high-quality early care and education programs for children and families, Illinois Action for Children appreciates your collaborative efforts and partnership in informing the public about the upcoming election on November 3. This election cycle, there are several issues on the ballot that directly impact the work that we all do for the children and families we serve. Stay engaged in all things related to #VOTE2020. View Webinar

End of Legislative Session Webinar

Couldn’t join our webinar? You can view the recording from Illinois Action for Children’s policy team to hear about the FY21 state budget and how it will impact children and families. This webinar provided an overview of important child care policy changes due to the public health crisis. View Webinar | View Slides

2019

Legislative Session Recap

The Illinois General Assembly was busy this legislative session, and it can be hard to keep up. Learn how the decisions made for funding early childhood care and education in FY2020 and how that will impact children and families.

  • Legislation that passed the Illinois General Assembly this spring, including what it means for children, families, and early childhood programs; and
  • The state budget for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) that has been signed into law, including early childhood funding levels and what it means for the field.

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IAFCs State Policy & Budget Priorities Webinar

During this webinar the top policy agenda items were discussed for this year’s legislative session. Especially:

  • Governor Pritzker’s proposed FY20 budget and how it would impact early childhood services.
  • IAFC’s policy priorities for this legislative session and the upcoming fiscal year.
  • Opportunities to take action and advocate for a strong early childhood system for Illinois’ children and families

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Lead in Water

Last year, Illinois passed legislation that requires certain licensed child care centers and homes to test drinking water for lead and mitigate when necessary. Illinois Action for Children and our partners at the Environmental Defense Fund and Elevate Energy hosted a four part webinar series addressing lead in water overview, testing for lead in water, and mitigation strategies.

To view the webinars and complete the DCFS certification process, view this page.

2018

Legislative Session Recap 2018

What’s new in Illinois early childhood policy? What policy changes are on the horizon? How did early childhood fare in the FY2019 state budget?

Webinar participants heard about:

  • Early childhood legislation that passed the Illinois General Assembly this spring, including what it means for programs and next steps for implementation
  • The state budget for FY2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) that has been signed into law, including early childhood funding levels and what it means for the field

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Questions? Contact IAFC’s Public Policy team at advocacy@actforchildren.org.

State Policy & Budget Priorities February 22, 2018

In case you missed it, check out this webinar from Illinois Action for Children’s Policy team to learn about:

  • Governor Rauner’s proposed FY19 budget and how it would impact early childhood services
  • IAFC’s policy priorities for this legislative session and the upcoming fiscal year
  • Opportunities to take action and advocate for a strong early childhood system for Illinois’ children and families

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Preventing Early Childhood Expulsion in Illinois

In this webinar, Illinois Action for Children and the Ounce of Prevention Fund share information on Illinois’ new early childhood expulsion policy, as well as resources to support children and help early childhood providers understand and address challenging behaviors. You can view a quick recap and the full-length webinar recording below. View Recap | View Full-length

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