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Purpose of the Toolkit

Through our partnership with the McCormick Foundation, Illinois Action for Children has developed the Engaging School Districts in Early Childhood Collaborations Toolkit as a resource to support local early childhood collaborations leading community systems efforts that deepen engagement with school districts. Illinois Action for Children convened a series of focus groups and interviews with community and school leaders at different levels of engagement with school districts to inform key insights offered in this toolkit. We believe this toolkit will be useful to early childhood local collaborations and their evolving needs for many years. If a community discovers or creates additional resources that could serve other collaboration leaders, please share with Illinois Action for Children staff at