Our allies in Illinois had a huge year in 2019 with significant wins for kids in early education, child health, and family supports.  

State Allies:

Illinois Action for Children • Chicago, IL
Ounce of Prevention Fund • Chicago, IL
Voices for Illinois Children • Chicago, IL
Top Priorities for 2020

Grow and strengthen the state’s early care and education system through an FY21 budget that invests significant dollars in core early childhood programs, including child care, home visiting, early intervention, and state-funded preschool, among others

Pass legislation to expand the state Medicaid program to cover doula and evidence-based home visiting services

Improve early childhood workforce compensation through rate increases and increased appropriations into existing grant programs

Pass legislation to create a robust, statewide family and medical leave program

In 2019, our allies in Illinois helped the state pass $100 million for school districts and community-based organizations to expand or update early childhood facilities as part of the state’s first capital bill since 2009. And that was just the beginning.

  • Worked with the Illinois General Assembly and Governor J.B. Pritzker’s administration on a Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget that includes significant funding for the state’s early care and education system
  • $50 million increase (10.1%) to expand and improve Illinois State Board of Education-funded early childhood programs
  • $12 million increase (12.5%) for the Early Intervention Program to accommodate caseload growth and to implement an overdue provider reimbursement rate increase
  • $28.8 million increase (7.2%) for the Child Care Assistance Program to expand eligibility from 185% of the federal poverty level to 200%
  • Passed legislation to eliminate the Test of Basic Skills required for future teachers and allow for the payment of student teachers in schools and child care centers
  • Extended Medicaid coverage for pregnant women from 60 days to 12 months

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Illinois early childhood state policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

Latest News from Illinois:


Frenzied Close to Spring Legislative Session Brings Significant Early Childhood Funding Increases in Illinois

Members of the 101st Illinois General Assembly have passed — and the Governor has signed — a budget that provides substantial funding for the state’s early childhood system. The final budget, passed with bipartisan support, came together several days after the traditional May 31st adjournment date. Take a look at the major steps forward the state made for young children and families.

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