News & Resources

Check out the latest news stories on infants and toddlers, and find resources created and published by Raising Illinois members and its partners that inform our work and the work of the state’s early learning and care systems. 

Featured Resource: Community Conversations Toolkit

Raising Illinois invites you to bring together diverse individuals within your community, dive into the Infant & Toddler Child Care Roadmap's recommendations and discuss steps that can and should be taken to strengthen care for your community's infants and toddlers and those who care for them.

Community Conversations can take many shapes and forms depending on who you invite and the size of your community. It is the conversation that is critical – not the format, size or location. To help get your planning started, Raising Illinois has created a handful of helpful resources that we encourage you to check out.

Other News & Resources

Raising Illinois Racial Equity Toolkit

09 November 2022
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Raising Illinois Racial Equity Toolkit Resources built by Erikson Institute to use in your anti-racism practice. “Anti-Racism” is the actions and practices used to challenge and transform beliefs, ideas, behaviors, policies, institutions,…

FY 24 Funding For Early Childhood

25 October 2022
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Raising Illinois calls for a 20% across the board increase in state funding for early childhood programs

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Family Leaders Reflect on the National PN-3 System Building Meeting

21 October 2022
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Family Leaders Reflect on the National PN-3 System Building Meeting When Lettie Hicks first received the news that she was going to Baltimore for the National PN-3 System Building Meeting, organized by…

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Raising Illinois’ Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act

24 August 2022
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Raising Illinois reacts to the news of President Biden’s lack of early childhood investments in the Inflation Reduction Act.

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…

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Reflection on Family Leader Meeting

02 August 2022
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Family Leaders Share Challenges & Solutions for Accessing Early Childhood Programs On May 12, after celebrating Mother’s Day, the 12 Family Leaders hosted a Parent Town Hall, where we were joined by…

A Social Toolkit for Impact

22 June 2022
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Thank You for Being a Part of Raising Illinois! Now what? Use our “Social Toolkit for Impact” to let your networks know about the work happening in Illinois on behalf of infants,…

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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…

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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…

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…

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