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Weekly News: ECE and More - 4.21.21

Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » White House Closes in on ‘Families Plan’ Spending Proposal Centered on ECE (Washington Post) In this story, the Washington Post looks at the White House's infrastructure plan that would focus on child care, Pre-K, and other early...


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A Statement from April Janney, President & CEO of Illinois Action for Children, on the Killing of Adam Toledo

Like all of you, I was horrified by what I saw in the video released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) yesterday of the police-involved shooting of Adam Toledo. We all need to prioritize the safety and protection of our city’s youth as our most sacred responsibility—and that...


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Gov. Pritzker Announces $1.6 Billion in Federal ECE Funding for Illinois, Creation of IDHS Division of Early Childhood, More

For immediate Release: 4.16.21 Ambitious Plans for Strengthening Young Children’s Well-Being Call for an Equally Ambitious Start Statewide coalition thanks Governor Pritzker, early childhood commission for blueprint; suggests moving quickly to begin this important work Aurora, IL -...


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Media Coverage of Community College ECE Baccalaureate (CCB) Bill Press Conference

Illinois Action for Children recently held a press conference with several legislators, early childhood educators, and advocates in support of the Community College Baccalaureate (CCB) bill that would improve access to bachelor’s degrees for the ECE workforce and address the teacher shortage...


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Weekly News: ECE and More - 4.7.21

Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » A Year into COVID, Child Care Issues Still Affect Mothers’ Employment (Marketplace) In this story, Marketplace examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected mothers' employment opportunities and what the outlook is for the...


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BREAKING: Early Childhood Coalition Reacts to Bipartisan Funding Commission Report

BROAD-BASED COALITION THANKS GOVERNOR, EARLY CHILDHOOD FUNDING COMMISSION; PLEDGES FURTHER COMMITMENT TO IMPLEMENTATION OF MULTI-YEAR PLANS FOR MAKING ILLINOIS “BEST STATE IN NATION FOR FAMILIES RAISING YOUNG CHILDREN” Today, the Early Childhood Funding Coalition — with membership from a...


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Weekly News: ECE and More - 3.31.21

Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Child Care Is A Public Good. Our Government Should Start Treating It That Way (WBUR) In this commentary, WBUR Public Radio argues that including child care in any infrastructure bill is a necessary public good that cannot wait. ...


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Weekly News: ECE and More - 3.24.21

Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » White House Prepares Massive Infrastructure Bill with Universal Pre-K, More (Washington Post) In this article, the Washington Post details a potential infrastructure bill that could include Universal Pre-K and more provisions...


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A Statement from April Janney, President & CEO of Illinois Action for Children, on the Recent Violence Against the Asian-American Community

As an African American woman, I am heartbroken by the continued violence and disregard for human life we see in our nation. The horrific murders in Atlanta last week are the latest terrible reminder of just how pervasive and dangerous of a force racism is in our society. Over the past two...


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IAFC Statement on the Governor's Proposed State Budget

For Immediate Release: 2.17.21 EARLY CHILDHOOD FUNDED IN GOV. PRITZKER’S BUDGET PROPOSAL ADDITIONAL INVESTMENTS ARE NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER Chicago – Early care and education in Illinois will see a mix of cuts and level funding in Governor JB Pritzker’s...