High-quality Learning

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 

> 10%

access rate for

many

communities

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 peersa result of inadequate and flawed funding structuresIn 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.

Recommended Strategies

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 

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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. 

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News & Resources

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Our Response to Illinois’ FY 2023 Spending Plan

12 April 2022
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Illinois’ Fiscal Year 2023 Spending Plan & What it Means for Infants & Toddlers Raising Illinois applauds the Illinois General Assembly for approving meaningful, new education and care funding and measures in Fiscal Year 2023 for…

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You’re Invited: Introducing Raising Illinois

28 February 2022
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Access the Virtual Event Introducing Raising Illinois: A Collective Effort Driven by Collective Voices Join us virtually on Thursday, March 17 to learn about Raising Illinois and our vision to solve high stake problems facing infants,…

Our FY2023 Budget Proposal Response

16 February 2022
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Our Response to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Proposed Budget Raising Illinois is happy to see investments directed towards Illinois’ expecting families, infants and toddlers in the Governor’s latest budget proposal but more is needed. Earlier this…

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