Raising Illinois

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. 

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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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Our Fiscal Year 2021 Accomplishments

24 January 2022
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Our Fiscal Year 2021 Accomplishments Raising Illinois members have a lot to be proud of as we look back at last fiscal year. From historic investments and implementations to noteworthy legislation and system improvements, Raising Illinois’…

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Family Leader Program, 2021 Application

15 October 2021
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Join Us! Raising Illinois’ Family Leader Program Applications for our 2021 Family Leader Program are available, due November 3   At the core of our work, we recognize the critical importance of incorporating family voices, particularly…

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Raising Illinois Aplicación para Líder de Familia 2021

15 October 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…

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

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