Raising Illinois: A Collective Effort Driven By Collective Voices

A recording from our virtual gathering of advocates, parents, providers and state leaders.

Raising Illinois' Collective Effort event brought together 500+ advocates to discuss the challenges infants, toddlers and expecting families are facing today and also the opportunities for change ahead.

Since Raising Illinois was formally launched in the fall of 2021, we have wanted to bring advocates together in some way to introduce the work happening across the state on behalf of infants and toddlers and to invite new advocates to be a part of it. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our vision for an event continued to get pushed further into the future.

However, there was still a need to amplify the continued challenges facing Illinois’ youngest kiddos and to celebrate the commitment of the field to solve for those challenges – and to bring new voices and faces into the work.

This virtual event brought together diverse voices and perspectives in a way that was powerful, inspiring and momentous. We are grateful for all of the wonderful speakers - early learning and care providers, parents of young children, legislators and advocates. Their passion for this work was clear, and we thank each of them for sharing their stories with us.

Whether you attended live or watched the above recording, we'd love to hear what you think. Please share your feedback on what you heard and how we can support and work with you in the future. (Comparta sus comentarios sobre lo que escuchó y cómo podemos apoyarlo y trabajar con usted en el futuro.)

What Are Your Hopes & Dreams?

During the event, you heard from our speakers about their hopes and dreams for Illinois infants, toddlers and expecting families. Now, we want to hear from you! Record a short video on your cell phone or computer and upload it here or by clicking the button below. Please limit your response to 60 seconds.

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Want to Learn More?

Check out the below materials and resources that were discussed during our latest event.

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