Upcoming Events

Register for any of the 2 of 4 caucuses throughout the state! At each regional caucus, you’ll learn about upcoming state and federal early childhood policies, including the status of:

  • Preschool expulsion legislation
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Child Care for Working Families Act and more!

Locations include:
Schaumburg, IL – Thursday, December 7, 2017 10 am – 1:30 pm
Chicago, IL – Thursday, December 14, 2017 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Register for a policy caucus near you!  The content for each caucus will be the same – simply pick the one that works for you!  Registration is $15 to cover the cost of a meal.
Register today www.actforchildren.org/event 

Past Events

June 13, 2017 – Partner Plan Act Conference
Professionals working in state systems of support for early childhood programs/resources at the local level (such as Child Care Resource and Referrals, Early Intervention, Regional Offices of Education, Departments of Health, All Our Kids Early Childhood Networks, Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting, etc.) joined us for the annual “Partner Plan Act” Conference. This year’s conference focused on supporting local early childhood collaboration as a means for sustainable systems change that improve services and supports to children and families–the theme therefore being Sustaining Local Momentum: Strategies for Enhancing Collaboration Efforts.

Materials from the conference
If you missed the conference, you can download the handouts and materials below:

Partner Plan Act Agenda
Engaging School Districts in Early Childhood Collaborations Toolkit
Workshop: Peer-to-Peer Conversations
Workshop: Engaging Local Collaborations in Advocacy
Workshop: Using Data to Understand and Address Community Needs
Workshop: Moving towards Sustainability: Maximizing Funding Opportunities
Workshop: Tracking Outcomes through Benchmarking Strategies

March 28-29, 2017 – 20th Annual Spring Into Action Conference
Our conference brought together early care and educational professionals, advocates, parents, educators, and providers around the state to participate in policy-focused workshops that support members in their advocacy efforts.  We welcomed Dr. Stephanie Bernoteit, Senior Associate Director for academic affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education, as our opening keynote speaker on Tuesday, March 28, 2017! Dr. Bernoteit’s keynote address focused on the importance of aligning the early care and education system with the K-12 education system. Attendees gained an increased awareness and understanding of the value and opportunities for alignment between the two educational systems.

June 16, 2016 – Partner Plan Act Conference
The Consortium for Community Systems Development’s Partner, Plan, Act Conference provided local collaborations, state systems leaders, and early childhood stakeholders shared strategies for community systems development and discussed ways to sustain community systems development initiatives in Illinois.

Materials from the conference
If you missed the conference, you can download handouts and materials below.

PPA Conference slides FINAL
Conference Participant Training and Technical Assistance Systems Scan
Presentation on Community Systems Development
Workshop: Measuring Community Impact – Using Data to Share Your Story
Workshop: Breaking Down Silos – Collaborating for Greater Impact and Intake Form
Workshop: Families as Leaders – Parent Cafe Tips and Parent Cafe Agreements
Advocacy Insights


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