Weekly News: March 20 – ECE and more!


Read the top stories in early care and education (and more) for the week of March 20:

Weekly News: March 13 – ECE and more!


Read the top stories in early care and education (and more) for the week of March 13:

Gov. Pritzker’s Plan Would Spend More Money on Kids – Illinois Public Radio


Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he wants to invest in programs for children, and the budget he proposed this week called for increases in early childhood services and the Child Care Assistance Program.

Child advocacy groups applauded the proposals, including a $30 million boost to the CCAP program to help lower-income families…

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Letter to the Editor: Pritzker’s budget prioritizes early care and education – State Journal Register


In response to the article “Pritzker’s budget: New taxes and revenue, and where spending would rise,” it’s important to note the governor has prioritized early care and education — and the well-being of Illinois’ working families — in his proposed…

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90 days until no paycheck: Time running out for Illinois child-care providers in subsidy program


It’s hard to dispute the importance of training child-care providers on how to administer CPR or how to properly report suspected child abuse.

But Illinois officials are taking a no-holds-barred attitude toward enforcing the state’s latest round of safety training requirements,…

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CPR and First Aid Assistance Funds


CPR and First Aid Assistance Funds

Illinois Action for Children is committed to assisting child care providers and center staff with meeting health and safety requirements. Child care providers must have a minimum of 1 CCAP child in care…

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Cost of Quality Early Learning Think Tank


The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) and Illinois Action for Children hosted a Cost of Quality Early Learning Think Tank on May 16-17, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting provided an opportunity for state and local leaders, advocates,…

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Renewed Appeal from Experts in Child Welfare to Halt the Separation of Children from Parents at the Border


On June 7, 2018, a letter signed by 540 child welfare, juvenile justice, and child development agencies from all 50 states was sent to the Honorable Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to express concerns that the…

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Mayor Emanuel Expands Early Learning – Chicago Tonight


Chicago parents should have more early learning options for their 4-year-olds starting next year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced plans to make full-day pre-kindergarten universal.

Community Involvement at Ford Heights Childhood Center – Daily Southtown


The group outside the Illinois Action for Children Early Learning Center in Ford Heights on Friday wielded shovels, cultivators and other tools. They lugged flats of plants, toted sacks of fertilizer and seeds and hauled hoses as they refreshed the…

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