Early ed

Early Childhood Expulsion Webinar Recording.

 In case you missed it! This webinar, hosted by Illinois Action for Children and the Ounce of Prevention Fund, discusses Illinois' recently enacted legislation prohibiting expulsions due to challenging behaviors of children birth to five in licensed child care and early childhood programs receiving funds from the Illinois State Board of Education. 

 Check out the webinar recording to learn more about what the law means for providers, as well as resources available to support both children and providers.

Governor Signs Legislation Increasing CCAP Access

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) has been fully restored!According to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), as of October 1, 2017, working families earning between 162% - 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) are eligible for CCAP services.

 Additionally, Governor Rauner signed House Bill 3213 into law in August, restoring CCAP eligibility for families enrolled in non-TANF education and training programs (effective August 25, 2017).

Child Care for Working Families Act 

(September 14, 2017)

American across all political, geographic, and demographic backgrounds know that investing in high-quality early childhood education and early childhood educators will make America brighter, stronger, and more competitive.

We have an opportunity to make those investments happen! 

In Congress, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) have introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would pair federal investment with state partnerships to expand access, address affordability, increase quality, and invest in early childhood education professionals.

Will you help? 

Please take a moment RIGHT NOW to call your members of Congress and ask if they have cosponsored the Child Care for Working Families Act.

If they have, please thank them for supporting child care and early learning!

If they haven’t yet added their name, ask them to become a cosponsor of the Child Care for Working Families Act.

Check out NAEYC’s statement on the legislation, and stay tuned for more information and resources coming your way. Thank you for taking action to promote high-quality #ChildCare4All to deliver on the science of early learning and advance our current and future workforce!

Governor Signs Legislation Preventing Preschool Expulsion!  (8/14/17)

HB2663 (Stratton; Lightford) was signed into law by the Governor on 8/14/17. This legislation prevents preschool expulsions and provides protections for children in programs funded by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) or those licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services and ensures children remain in the most beneficial early care and education setting. The bill also identifies trainings and topics needed to address the problem and asks state agencies to make this information available to programs, as well as calls for better tracking of expulsions to expand understanding of how often and where they are occurring.

 New DCFS Licensing Standards

New obesity standards have been added to the licensing standards for child care centers. The new regulations address physical activity, screen time and new nutrition standards for juice, milk, water and meals for  infants and older children.The new standards are available at www.ilga.gov



Joint Statement from Illinois Early Childhood Advocates on Early Learning and the Child Care Funding Crisis

Governor Rauner pledged to “increase funding for early childhood education so that
 more at risk children can enter kindergarten ready to succeed” during his inaugural
 State of the State address.

We applaud this commitment to our state’s youngest and most vulnerable learners,
 and we look forward to seeing more details of the Governor’s early education plan in
 his Budget Address on February 18th.

The Governor also stated that “from cradle to career, our children’s education needs to
 be our top priority.” We could not agree more. For that reason, we call on Governor
 Rauner and the General Assembly to fully fund all aspects of early care and education
 --- including child care.

High-quality, affordable child care is often the very first connection that young children
 have to an educational experience – in conjunction with, or even prior to, preschool. In
 addition to the work support it provides to parents and the economic impact it has on
 the state, child care is a critically-important step on a lifelong path of education.

To truly realize the Governor’s stated priority, the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program
 must be fully-funded – both to alleviate the $300 million funding crisis facing child care
 during this fiscal year and to ensure its viability in Illinois for the coming fiscal year. Now is
 the time for the Governor and the General Assembly to take bold and decisive action
 on behalf of Illinois’ children and families.

 Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois
 Illinois Action for Children
 Latino Policy Forum
 The Ounce of Prevention Fund
 ReadyNation Illinois
 Voices for Illinois Children

Contact: Adam Summers, Illinois Action for Children
 773.564.8801 or summersa@actforchildren.org




Budget Resources/Information


Call the Governor’s office:

Springfield Office:  217-782-0244 TTY: 888-261-3336
 Chicago Office:       312-814-2121

The main message needs to be “no cuts to children and families”.  Be sure to use your own words and explain how detrimental this will be to you and the children/families of their districts. Describe what this state will look like with no day care for our children.

Here are a few other great places to access information on a daily basis:

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like additional information.