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Announcing the Development of the Maria Whelan Leadership Institute As We Mark the 1-Year Anniversary of Maria's Passing

Chicago - Maria Whelan was Illinois Action for Children’s leader, a dear friend to many, and a true believer that children matter most . She spent her 50-plus year career as a strong, fierce, and relentless advocate for children and families in Illinois and throughout the country. Today, as...


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Advocates Celebrate Bill Expanding Access to Courses for Early Childhood Educators, Call for More to be Done

Chicago, IL - We are thrilled with the passage of House Bill 2878 (the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity — Upskilling Incumbent Early Childhood Educators & Building a Robust Workforce bill). HB 2878 makes it easier for educators to access courses in the ways they need. It also...


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Early Care and Education in IL Facing Mix of State Cuts and Boosts with Federal Relief

Chicago, IL – The state budget reached yesterday at the end of the Illinois General Assembly’s legislative session largely reflects level-funding from FY21 due to better-than-expected state revenue and some revenue enhancements. While Illinois Action for Children is disappointed that overall...


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How COVID-19 is Forcing the U.S. to Face its Child Care Crisis (WBEZ Chicago Public Radio)

WBEZ Chicago Public Radio’s Reset program covered the COVID-19 impact on providers & families on their December 3 episode . The segment featured Teresa Ramos, IAFCs VP of Public Policy & Advocacy, and Patricia Twymon, owner of Wee Are the World Home Daycare, in conversation w/ Susie An....


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IAFC Statement on New COVID-19 Mitigations in Illinois

Chicago – Illinois Action for Children supports Governor Pritzker’s difficult but necessary decision to issue the order for some nonessential businesses in Illinois to close and/or reduce capacity as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to rise exponentially throughout our...


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IAFC Statement on 2020 Election

For Immediate Release : 11.4.20 Chicago – The people of Illinois made their voices heard in this election like never before—on Congress, on the Senate, on the presidency, and on the Fair Tax amendment. By all accounts, this election has seen record turnout in Illinois and across the nation...


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Advocates Support Governor Pritzker’s Enhanced COVID-19 Child Care Health and Safety Measures

Chicago – Governor Pritzker announced on Friday new emergency rules mandating that all child care providers in Illinois must wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is part of a broader, enforceable, mask-wearing mandate that also covers schools and other businesses....


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Illinois Action for Children and The Ounce of Prevention Fund Respond to Gov. Rauner’s Proposed 2019 Budget

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget includes a mix of small increases and level funding for some early learning programs and a significant cut to the Child Care program. “We know there are more children and families who need access to high-quality early...


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Statement from Early Childhood Advocates On Continued State Budget Impasse

We are 11 months – eleven months – into this fiscal year and Illinois is no closer to having a FY16 budget than it was on July 1, 2015. Furthermore, we are one month from the deadline for an FY17 budget that is nowhere in sight either. The latest round of negotiations between the Governor and...


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Welcome to the New Website!

Illinois Action for Children is thrilled to launch our new-and-improved website today at www.actforchildren.org ! This newly re-designed, user-friendly site reflects our commitment to creating easier access and connection to the information, services, and resources that are important to YOU ...