About Us

Who We Are

Our work is to ensure that every child in Illinois - particularly those in need - have access to the resources to succeed in school and in life. Since our founding in 1969, Illinois Action for Children has worked to create systems of early care and education that help strengthen families and communities. 

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Our Mission & Vision

Supporting children by supporting families is a proven and effective means to address overarching issues of endemic poverty. Read more »

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What Every Child Deserves

Early care and education provides the foundation for a lifetime of learning and prosperity. We work to ensure that all children in Illinois have access to high-quality opportunities that promote their safety, health, and happiness.

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Supporting Children by Supporting Families

We help families by ensuring that high-quality early care and education programs are affordable and accessible. We support parents in their goals of economic self-sufficiency and stability. 

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Helping Child Care Providers Succeed

With access to our professional development trainings and financial support, child care providers are able to give children a high-quality educational experience. We work to continually improve the quality of child care through programs that support the social, emotional, and physical well-being of all children. 

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Improving Early Childhood Systems

We work with communities, advocates and legislators to expand access to, and ensure funding for, early care and education and other family resources.

Caring for Children During COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, Illinois Action for Children's offices are currently closed. Visit our COVID-19 site for more information.