Upcoming Events

KIDS Data Webinar Series

Illinois Action for Children, Birth-Third Grade Continuity Project and the Illinois State Board of Education KIDS team have partnered to provide a series of webinars to deepen communities’ understanding of the kindergarten assessment tool and empower local leaders to use the new data to better assess their community’s needs.

  • KIDS Data: A Guide for Early Childhood Collaborations

Join us for the webinar on October 30th to discuss what the KIDS data results mean for your community. How can your collaboration access and analyze the data? How can your collaboration and community use the data to better support young children and their families?

Register HERE!

  • Understanding and Using KIDS Data to Improve Collaboration and Student Outcomes

Join B-3rd Grade Continuity Project as they dive into how early childhood administrators can utilize the data on November 13th from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Do you understand how your district’s KIDS data was collected and how it might be helpful for improving student outcomes? Come learn what the KIDS data is and what it shows about your community. Understand how the data may be used in comparison with other assessments from pre-kindergarten (release of crosswalks) and beyond kindergarten. Also learn how the data may be used outside of school districts, within communities to support early learning and improve student outcomes.

Register HERE!

Partner Plan Act Conference

Please save the date for this year’s Partner Plan Act conference! It is scheduled for June 11, 2019 and will take place in Bloomington, Illinois. This annual conference brings early childhood system stakeholders to learn, network, and deepen their community systems knowledge and skills.


Past Events

Partner Plan Act Conference June 12, 2018 in Bloomington-Normal

Illinois Action for Children, INCCRRA, and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood hosted the 2018 Partner Plan Act conference on June 12th in Bloomington, Illinois. This conference shared information on Illinois Action for Children’s new Community Systems Development Team, strategies for bolstering early childhood collaboration efforts, and stories of successful partnerships.

It was a great opportunity to convene early childhood stakeholders together. The diversity of experience encouraged rich peer learning and networking. You can download any of the presentation materials here:

  • WELCOME: Theresa Hawley, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Innovation, Illinois Action for Children, Expanding Possibilities for Children through Collaborative Partnerships
  • AM BREAKOUT SESSION: Essential Mindsets and Practices for Leading Community Systems, Presented by Christina Foster of Foster What Matters, Inc.
  • AM BREAKOUT SESSION: Effective Strategies for Supporting Priority Populations, Presented by Susan Reyna-Guerroro of Children’s Place Association and Carie Bires of the Ounce of Prevention Fund
  • PM BREAKOUT SESSION: Integrating ABLe Change into Collaborative Practice: AOK Networks’ Story, Presented by Ana Maria Accove of IDHS, Christina Foster of Foster What Matters, Inc., and Julie Herzog, Tazewell County Health Department
  • PM BREAKOUT SESSION: Early Childhood Expulsion Legislation: From Passage and Implementation to Best Practice, Presented by Maria Estlund, Illinois Action for Children
  • PM BREAKOUT SESSION: What is Mental Health Consultation? Presented by Cris Stanek
  • CLOSING: Choua Vue, Senior Director of Community Impact, Illinois Action for Children and Julia Zhu, Community Systems Policy Director in the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, How Are We Moving Forward?

We have already begun planning the 2019 Partner Plan Act conference. Check back soon for more details on how to register!

Past Webinars

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