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Our Work in Illinois

Start Early takes a comprehensive approach to improving early learning in Illinois by supporting children, families, early childhood professionals and policymakers.

What We Do


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We conduct rigorous research and program evaluations in Illinois to validate, optimize and scale our work across the country.

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Policy & Advocacy

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Our policy and advocacy work is deeply rooted in our home state of Illinois, where we seek to shape the state’s early childhood system through legislative, administrative and grassroots advocacy.

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Resources & News

Learn more about our work in Illinois and access relevant resources and publications.