Early Childhood Advocacy Day 2023

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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 Early and We, the Village brought over 300 advocates down to Springfield to advocate for Illinois’ youngest learners. Advocates…

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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 interviewed her about why this issue is so close to her heart. Why did you agree to get involved…

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

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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 the Prenatal-to-Three Capacity Building Hub, as a Baltimore Ravens fan, her first reaction was joy. The excitement soon turned to focus on the…

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Reflection on Family Leader Meeting

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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 over 60 participants from throughout Illinois. After telling their individual stories and briefly reviewing the six Raising Illinois policy workgroups, Family Leaders facilitated…

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Introducing: 2022 Family Leaders

Introducing: 2022 Family Leaders Welcome to our 12 Family Leaders! We are thrilled and grateful to have you on board.  In order for Raising Illinois to lead a movement that will fundamentally improve the lives of young children, we recognize that, in fact, families with those young children must inform the movement. Specifically, families from…

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Family Leader Program, 2021 Application

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Join Us! Raising Illinois’ Family Leader Program Applications for our 2021 Family Leader Program are available, due November 3 Do you know firsthand some of the challenges facing infants and toddlers? Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of Illinois’ little ones? Do you have volunteer experience advocating for early childhood issues…

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Raising Illinois Aplicación para Líder de Familia 2021

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Raising Illinois Aplicación para Líder de Familia 2021 Las solicitudes para nuestro Programa de Líder de Familia 2021 están disponibles, hasta el 3 de noviembre ¿Conoce de primera mano algunos de los desafíos queenfrentan los bebés y los niños pequeños? ¿Está buscando hacer una diferencia en la vida de lospequeños de Illinois? ¿Tiene experiencia como…

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