50 Years in the Making
You Really Can Make Wishes Come True!
Illinois Action for Children exists today because of the recognition that, in order for families to be self-sufficient, they must have access to quality, safe, and affordable child care so that parents can go to work and/or continue their education confident that their children are in good hands.
We believe that all parents want what is best for their children and that their greatest wish is for their children to reach their full potential.
In 50-year legacy of supporting children, families and communities, we have learned that it takes much more than wishes and good intentions to ensure there is equitable access to high-quality early care and education programs for all families.
Robust supports that enable families to cover their basic needs are required. A well-trained and eager early childhood workforce is required. Policies that are fair and equitable for children, families, providers, and communities are required.
Illinois Action for Children works every day to meet these critically-important requirements. But we know that we will not succeed alone.
It doesn’t take a magic wand to make a parent’s wishes for their children come true. It does take commitment and investment from you.
Over the last half century we have made great progress, yet there is still a great deal to be done—and we can’t do it without you.
|Educating parents about the importance of a strong foundation in early education and helping them find and enroll their children in affordable, high-quality programs.||Enhancing early childhood mental health services to help early learning professionals effectively manage, mitigate, and prevent behaviors that can disrupt learning in the classroom.||Continuing to strengthen state and national policies so that all children receive a high-quality early education—no matter where they live.|
Together We can Help Make Their Wishes Come True!
“You are beautiful. Thank you so much you are the best. You help me and my famile [family]. You work here to help. You did not have ‘help’ to me. You did it ine way [anyway] for me and my mom thank you.”
– A letter from Jamyra, child who visited one of our walk-in centers with her mother.
Check out this video to see how IAFC works to support more than 200,000 families each year!