Raising Illinois

Introducing Raising Illinois: a Collective Effort Driven by Collective Voices

Were you unable to join our virtual gathering of advocates? That's okay! You can still learn about Raising Illinois and our vision to solve high stake problems facing infants, toddlers & families by watching the event recording.

Come together with advocates from across Illinois to demonstrate powerful and broad support of the state's infants and toddlers and those who care for them.

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Closing the opportunity gap for our youngest learners

The science is clear: the first three years of a child’s life are the most critical for healthy development. By investing early, we can lay the foundation for all Illinois children to have a strong start in school and life. But, to get it right, we must also address the root causes of historic disparities and create an equitable and cohesive early childhood development system for Illinois’ expecting families, infants and toddlers, and the communities in which they live. This is our chance to make a powerful commitment to our youngest generation. 

75% of Illinois'

infants & toddlers

left without access

to child care

Only 1 in 4 Infants & Toddlers in Illinois Can Access Licensed Child Care

and only 5% have access to high-quality care. Barriers also exist in home visiting, early intervention and other critical services for children prenatal-to-age 3. Learn more about the Illinois Prenatal to Three Agenda.

Our Priorities

Creating the strongest foundation for success in school and life

Illinois infants and toddlers see the greatest disparities in funding to support them during their formative years. Our children are shortchanged exactly when the potential benefit is greatest. Our coalition of 100+ diverse stakeholders is working to ensure every Illinois family with children under age 3 has affordable and equitable access to high-quality learning experiences, health services and economic supports. This will create the strongest foundation for infants’ and toddlers’ success in school and life. 

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News & Resources

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Voices Kids Count 2021

21 July 2021
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Voices for Illinois Children Releases 2021 Kids Count Report The report outlines prevalent factors associated with childhood poverty and reviews the state’s poverty landscape. The most recent report from Voices for Illinois Children, released in July…

Early Childhood Funding Commission Report

01 June 2021
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Raising Illinois Applauds Release of the Illinois Commission on Equitable Funding for Early Childhood Education and Care’s Final Report Recommendations outlined in report provide ambitious path to strengthening Illinois’ early care and education system and the…

Raising Illinois is a collective effort to close the opportunity gap. Learn more.

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