Strong Infrastructure

Rebuild State & Community Systems That Benefit Families, Infants & Toddlers.

Currently, Illinois’ early childhood system is very complex and highly fragmented, making it difficult for families and professionals alike to navigate the variety of programs and services available to them.  


Unaligned Systems

A problem at community & state levels

At both the community and state levels, early learning and care programs, services and data systems are often unaligned, as are early childhood workforce competencies and professional development pathways and supports.

Recommended Strategies

These challenges compounded with extremely limited capacity at state agencies and workforce shortages hinder the state’s ability to build a stronger, collaborative early childhood infrastructure and respond to projected increases of children and families in need of services.

While our recommendations for investing in and rebuilding a strong infrastructure are undoubtedly ambitious, they are achievable and would go a long way toward supporting early learning professionals and the families they serve.

Cross-system Preparation, Professional Development & Supports

Provide our youngest children with high-quality early care and education by investing in the infant and toddler workforce.

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Strong State & Community Structures

Create an equitable and cohesive early childhood support system that makes it simple for families to access holistic care through increased capacity and collaboration across state agencies serving families.

News & Resources

Raising Illinois’ Response to Approved Fiscal Year 2025 State Budget

29 May 2024
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May 30, 2024 Raising Illinois’ Response to Governor JB Pritzker’s Proposed FY 2025 Budget Our state’s prenatal-to-three coalition celebrates another transformational year for expecting families, infants and toddlers – but critical services remain underfunded Lee En…

Raising Illinois Celebrates Passage of Department of Early Childhood Legislation

09 May 2024
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May 9, 2024 Raising Illinois Celebrates Passage of Department of Early Childhood Legislation Senate Bill 1 moves to the Governor’s desk for signature this summer Lee en Español Raising Illinois celebrates the passage today of Senate…

Take Action for Early Intervention

18 March 2024
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Take Action For Early Intervention Our Babies Can’t Wait! Lee En Español Illinois’ Early Intervention (EI) program provides critical services to children under age 3 who have or are at risk for significant developmental delays and…

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