The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) began its hearings–the first step in determining next year’s proposed budget. These hearings provide us an opportunity to help shape the early childhood proposal in the upcoming budget. Please consider participating *virtually* in requesting a 10% increase to the Early Childhood Block Grant for Fiscal Year 2023.
This pandemic continues to add challenges to what children, families and educators are facing.
- Children are young only once. We must act boldly and decisively to invest in their futures.
- The essential work performed by professionals throughout the early childhood system requires compensation parity for teachers and staff, particularly those in community-based settings.
Learn More How to Participate in ISBE’s Budget Process:
- Submit your funding request: Complete and submit ISBE FY2023 Budget Hearing Form. This step must be completed prior to registering to speak at a hearing. Written requests must be received by ISBE no later than October 21.
- Sign up to testify or register to listen: After completing your funding request, you can also sign-up to testify at one of the budget hearings. You must sign up if you wish to speak at a hearing so that you can be included in the official schedule for the meeting. You must also register prior to the hearing if you choose to be a “listener.” Registration links are included below.
Upcoming Budget Hearings:
- Oct. 14, 4-7 p.m. CT
Registration deadline: Registration deadline: 11:59 p.m., Oct. 11
- Oct. 21, 1-4 p.m. CT
Registration deadline: 11:59 p.m., Oct. 18
Contact us if you plan to testify or have questions. Thank you for speaking up for children and families across the state!