Illinois Policy & Advocacy

For decades, our policy team has been a leading voice and advocate for early learning and care in Illinois.

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Our Work

Through administrative, legislative and grassroots advocacy, we seek to inform, create and strengthen conditions that enable equitable access to high-quality services for our state’s youngest children — prenatal through age 5 — and their families across Illinois.

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Legislative Advocacy

Sustaining and bolstering investments in foundational early learning and care programs and strengthening the statutory language that undergrids those programs and related services.

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Administrative Advocacy

Informing design and implementation of federal, state and local programs, policies and practices.

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Grassroots Engagement

Engaging early learning and care programs, providers and other stakeholders to ensure our priorities are aligned with the needs of children and families, as well as the greater early learning and care field.

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Grassroots Advocacy

Ensuring parents, providers and other stakeholders have the information and tools necessary to voice their support for early learning and care investments to their elected officials.

Start Early's Illinois Policy Agenda

Our three-year Illinois policy agenda represents our priorities in the state and encompasses Start Early’s advocacy, administrative policy and systems-building efforts.

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