Tell the Illinois General Assembly to uphold early childhood investments TODAY!

Tell your Illinois elected officials to keep investments in early childhood and to not cut Child Care, Early Intervention, Home Visiting or Preschool services!


Talking points:


  • Early childhood programs and services are needed now more than ever! One million Illinoisans have filed for unemployment since March 1, 2020. ​As parents return to work, they and their children will need continued support from child care, preschool and other early childhood programs. 



  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Child care is essential; protect the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). CCAP must be available for families to return to school and work, and families need to work in order to restore a struggling economy. 

  • Home Visiting

Home Visiting programs are a lifeline for families with infants and toddlers who lack economic and social resources and are already isolated from crucial services. Cutting funds to this vital program would be dangerous as families continue to struggle with the affects of the pandemic.  ​

  • Early Intervention (EI)

The public health crisis has exacerbated the needs of our most vulnerable families, especially children with, or at risk for, substantial developmental delays. Investments in Early Intervention and access to tele-therapy must be maintained and strengthened. ​

  • Prevention Initiative(PI), Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG), and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

The first five years are the most critical in a person's developmental lifespan. Therefore, a robust system is crucial for Prevention Initiative (birth to three) and the future of Illinois' preschoolers. Do not cut Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) or Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) funding to the essential supports of our state's youngest! 



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