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

Babies Can’t Wait Postcard

25 January 2023
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Take Action! “Babies Can’t Wait” Postcard Campaign Fill out a postcard & share your Early Intervention story with legislators & program administrators. Let them know that our babies can’t wait! Many families whose children need and…

Our 2022 Accomplishments & 2023 Priorities

12 January 2023
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Raising Illinois shares the accomplishments of 2022 and priorities for 2023

Raising Illinois’ Statement on MIECHV Expansion & Reauthorization

12 January 2023
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Raising Illinois celebrates the inclusion of MIECHV and early childhood investments in Congress’s year-end omnibus

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