Financially Secure Families

Improving the Economic Health of Families Will Have a Direct and Profound Impact on Illinois’ Infants and Toddlers

Research is clear that poverty is the single greatest threat to children’s well-being. Unfortunately, poverty disproportionately impacts families with young children. Parents of infants and toddlers face countless barriers when accessing income supports, employment policies that are compatible with parenting (such as paid family and medical leave) and affordable child care programs.

Recommended Strategies

The objectives below provide tangible and achievable steps that policymakers in Illinois can take to improve the economic health, well-being and success of the state’s infants and toddlers and their families. 

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Income Supports for Families

Alleviate financial constraints of families by simplifying access to income support programs through policy change, investment and collaboration.

Family-friendly Work Policies

Cohesion between families with infants and toddlers and employers can improve the physical and economic health of those families and their communities.

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News & Resources

Raising Illinois’ Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act

24 August 2022

Raising Illinois’ Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act A Disappointing Lack of Investment in our Youngest Children Last week, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, a landmark piece of legislation which ushers in much…

You’re Invited: Child Care Roadmap Event

05 August 2022
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Child Care: Correcting Perception by Acknowledging Impact Check out a recording and supporting resources from our virtual gathering in September 2022 During this recorded event you will: Learn about the Infant & Toddler Child Care Roadmap…

Infant & Toddler Child Care Roadmap

04 August 2022
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New Resource! Infant & Toddler Child Care Roadmap New Report Provides Recommendations For Meeting the Demand of Child Care As a part of our policy agenda, Raising Illinois proposed the creation of a roadmap to meet…

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