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Illinois Action for Children envisions a future in which every family in the United States has equitable access to affordable, high-quality child care and early education in the community. Since 1969 IAFC has worked to provide access to vital resources and opportunities to children and their families, so that every child may succeed in school and in life.

To accomplish our goal, we consider the needs of the whole child in developing programs, initiatives, and strategies that support their learning and growth directly, and through strengthening their families, communities, and the early childhood sector and system. 

During these unprecedented times, the tens of thousands of families with children and early childhood professionals who rely on IAFCs programs and services need our support now more than ever.

Your contribution will help us meet the exacerbated needs of those living in under-resourced communities of color, many of which are also communities—the most vulnerable and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, we are going to be #InThisTogether for many months to come. With your generosity, we can continue working tirelessly (and safely) to reduce the long-term, detrimental physical/mental/emotional health, social, and economic effects of COVID-19 on children and families—helping them achieve the relief, recovery, and resilience they desperately need and deserve.

Together, we can accomplish our shared vision of a future in which all children thrive!

Make a meaningful difference…today. Donate Now »

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Support Families

In Illinois, there are 389,790 children under age 6 living in poverty.

Help support Illinois families affected by COVID-19.

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Other Ways to Give

There are many ways to support IAFC. Read on or contact us today to learn about other ways to give.

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“What if… the cure for cancer is trapped inside the mind of someone who can’t afford an education?”

- Anonymous

Your support transforms a child’s wildest imaginations into real opportunity!

It's a Fact

Children experiencing poverty benefit the most from quality early childhood programs - especially programs like ours that include nutrition and wellness initiatives and engage and educate parents. 

2018 top-rated Great Non-profits Non-profit award

2019 Gold Seal of Transparency award

The Needs are Great, Did you know?

  • More children live in poverty today than since the Great Recession.
  • Care for an infant in a licensed center in Cook County costs 20 percent of the median family income.
  • America’s poorest working families spend 1 in every 3 dollars earned—32 percent of their household incomes—on child care.
  • Thirty-three percent of Illinois’ children live in poverty.


Email the Development Office for any inquiries you may have. 

As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, Illinois Action for Children operates because of donors like you.
Gifts are tax deductible as allowable by law.