Illinois Action for Children Early Head Start and Head Start Annual Report 2018


Early Head Start programs provide access to real educational opportunities for expectant families and children up to three years old. Early Head Start (both home- and center-based programs) includes Parent-Infant Educator visits to the home once per week, a social¬ization…

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Illinois Action for Children and The Ounce of Prevention Fund Respond to Gov. Rauner’s Proposed 2019 Budget


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget includes a mix of small increases and level funding for some early learning programs and a significant cut to the Child Care program. “We know there are more children and…

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Cost of Child Care in Cook County in 2017


Child care is one of a family’s largest expenses. The amount that Cook County families pay for child care varies by region, care setting and the age of their children. On average it costs more than what many families pay…

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Join Us for a Regional Public Policy Caucus!


Illinois Action for Children convenes early childhood community leaders and advocates every year for an early childhood policy caucus. This year, we’ll be hosting 4 caucuses throughout the state! At each regional caucus, you’ll learn about upcoming state and federal…

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Action Alerts

CCAP Income Eligibility Restored


Restoration of Child Care Eligibility in Illinois is Welcome, Long-Overdue


Chicago – The restoration of the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) signals a welcome – and long-overdue – commitment by Governor Rauner to live up to the promises he made two years ago. However, a great deal of damage has…

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Child Advocates Call On Governor Rauner To Live Up To His Promise And Fully Restore Child Care Assistance


30,000 fewer children have access to child care in Illinois today than in June 2015, when the Governor made dramatic and devastating changes to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). A compromise was reached to bring income eligibility up to…

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2017 Report on Child Care in Cook County


The year ending June 30, 2016 saw several significant shocks occur to child care services in Cook County. An unprecedented restriction of eligibility in the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) imposed a period of great uncertainty on parents…

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


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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