About Us

Our Story

Our Path

Illinois Action for Children exists today because of the recognition that American families, to be self-sufficient, need access to quality, safe, and affordable child care so parents can go to work with confidence that their children are in good hands. We lead the way in the service of children and families, distinguished by our "Strong Families, Powerful Communities" approach to child development. 

Our broad approach to supporting children by supporting families is a proven and effective means to address overarching issues of endemic poverty, which are the root cause of the educational failure of America's poorest children.

The Problem

A mother holding her childWe Practice What We Believe

Our work begins with promoting the safety, health, happiness, and education of all children. By nature of our cause, our work extends to parents and family, child care providers, and the systems that support child development. 

What We Believe

Our-Path-MRB-1.jpgHow We Started

It started back in 1969 when our founder, Sylvia Cotton, asked the question no one else was asking, "What about the children?" - that was the beginning of our journey to help make a difference in the lives of families in Illinois. 

Our History

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