Across Illinois and around the country, there are many examples of successful collaborations and collaborative initiatives that are changing the way early childhood systems operate within a community to improve outcomes for young children and families. If you have a success story to feature, please let us know by emailing

The Collaboration for Early Childhood in Oak Park is notable for its success in securing significant local investment from its school districts and municipal government to create a locally integrated early childhood system for all children as well as provide enhanced early childhood services to children with high needs.
The Southern Illinois Coalition for Children and Families is working on a number of initiatives, both regionally and in specific areas within the region.

In Stephenson County, the AOK Network and the local health department have collaborated to launch igrow Stephenson County, which is connecting parents to home visiting, developmental screening, a variety of community resources through technology as well as person-to-person.
Many community collaborations are successfully organizing around the goal of universal developmental screening. The national “Birth to Five: Watch me Thrive” has some great resources including a guide for communities.
The White House recently issued a “playbook” that includes descriptions of many communities around the country that have taken up early childhood as a collective challenge.

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