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
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)…
News & Resources
Raising Illinois’ Response to Governor JB Pritzker’s Proposed FY 2024 Budget
Raising Illinois applauds the Smart Start Illinois initiative proposed by Governor Pritzker in his FY24 Budget Address
An Interview with Family Leader Mykela Collins
An Interview with Family Leader Mykela Collins Family Leader Mykela Collins was recently featured in a SchoolHouse Connection webinar that accompanied the release of their new report on infant/toddler homelessness and access to early learning. We…
Celebrating Illinois Child Support Reform
Celebrating Illinois Child Support Reform Niya Kelly, Director of State Legislative Policy, Equity and Transformation at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, provides an update on child support reform in Illinois Last month, the 102nd Illinois General…