Revamp & strengthen programs to support the needs of infants and toddlers and the professionals who work with them.
Despite research that consistently demonstrates the effectiveness of early learning and development interventions, the United States invests relatively little in its youngest learners. In Illinois, the impacts of this reality are critical.
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Flawed funding structures & inadequate access
Statewide, there are significantly fewer early childhood slots for infants and toddlers compared to their 3- to 5-year-old peers—a result of inadequate and flawed funding structures. In fact, only 25% of Illinois’ infants and toddlers have access to licensed child care, with many communities experiencing access rates of less than 10%. Access rates fall even further when it comes to high-quality care.
Early Intervention: A Critical Service Drastically Underutilized
Early Intervention (EI) services, which are critical for children who have or are at risk for significant developmental delays, are drastically underutilized across the state.
Approximately only 4% of children under age 3 in Illinois receive EI services, although research indicates that 13% of children could be eligible for EI services.
Only 4% of children
under age 3 receive
EI services in IL.
Our recommendations outline timely and ample opportunities to revamp and strengthen current programs and services and to make the most of new investments, specifically through accessible and appropriately funded early learning and care programs and optimized early intervention services.
Accessible Family & Center-based Care and Learning
Provide necessary early learning experiences that help infants and toddlers lay the foundation for future health and success.
Optimized Early Intervention
Ensure equitable access to EI services, necessary developmental supports that can make a difference in a child’s lifelong trajectory.
News & Resources
Early Childhood Advocacy Day 2023
Early Childhood Advocacy Day 2023 Advocates like you made the day a success! Thank you! On April 18, Raising Illinois along with our partners at Child Care For All, COFI, Illinois Action for Children, SEIU, Start…
Babies Can’t Wait Postcard Update
Your Stories: “Babies Can’t Wait” Postcards Delivered Over 100 Illinois families have shared their Early Intervention stories with us so far–read their powerful postcards below! Earlier this year, Raising Illinois launched our Babies Can’t Wait postcard…
In Aurora, Renewed Focus on PN3 Needs
In Aurora, Renewed Focus on PN3 Needs SPARK, a member of our coalition, launches Bright Beginnings Raising Illinois is grateful that SPARK is a proud member of our Coalition! SPARK (Strong, Prepared and Ready for Kindergarten)…