Illinois Issues in Early Childhood
Illinois has long been regarded as a national leader in the development and implementation of early childhood programs and services. Here are just some examples of the state’s leadership:
- First state to pass legislation authorizing universal, high-quality preschool for three- and four-year-old children (2006).
- Exceptional investment in the childcare subsidy system, including a network of childcare resource and referral agencies and a nationally recognized comprehensive professional development system for practitioners.
- First state to establish a statutory set-aside to fund services for children from birth to age three.
- One of only a few states that:
- Has fully integrated school-based programs into the Quality Rating and Improvement System.
- Requires principals in the K-12 system to receive coursework in early learning and development.
Please visit the websites of our talented and committed statewide partners in policy, advocacy, and innovative programming for Illinois’ youngest children and families.
Ounce of Prevention Fund
Voices for Illinois Children
Latino Policy Forum
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law