• Addicted to Praise Webinar- REGISTER TODAY

    What: Addicted to Praise Webinar
    When: August 8th, 8:00-9:30pm
    Where: Webinar- from your own home!
    Cost: $10 for Illinois AEYC Members; $15 for non-members.
    Register here: https://www.eventbee.com/v/addicted-to-praise-webinar/event?eid=132583442&fbclid=IwAR1-3eorxgmCGYTKfsSWOY2UCVLAoQdcZ4gO9XugJ3FKRDyMm69WTDhz290#/tickets

    1.5 hours of Gateways and ISBE credit will be given for attendees who attend the webinar and complete the assessment.

    Not a member? Click here to join.

  • Advocacy 101 Webinar Resources

    ILAEYC Helpful Files Links and Websites.pdf

  • Thank You Letter Campaign and Sample Letter

    As you all know, legislative session ended on June 30th. We are very pleased that legislators made Illinois children and families a priority and provided a much-needed increase in the budget for early care and education beginning July 1st. To show our appreciation, we are asking the early childhood community in Illinois to send thank you letters to both state senators and representatives. Click here for a sample letter that you can use or you can feel free to draft your own. These letters can be sent in the form of email or via snail mail. Our goal is for every legislator in the state of Illinois to get letters expressing our appreciation. We ask that you first send the letter and then (equally important), we ask that you fill out this brief survey so that we can track the number of letters sent to each legislator.

    Need help finding your legislator: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/maps/

    Click here to find your State Representative Email Address. (Not all legislators have an email address listed)

    Click here to find your State Senator Email Address. (Not all legislators have an email address listed)

    Feel free to share this email with friends and colleagues who may not be Illinois AEYC or GOAEYC members. Help us spread the word and show our appreciation!

    Illinois AEYC and GoAEYC 


    Illinois AEYC is excited to announce we are the recipient of a grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They are generously funding a partnership formed by NAEYC, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), the Center for American Progress (CAP), and the First Five Years Fund (FFYF), who have come together to develop and implement a coordinated advocacy and action strategy to increase access to high-quality child care in states across the nation. This grant was a very quick turn around and we would like to thank our collaborative partners who were all very quick to assist. We look forward to continuing our partnership and kicking off this work. Partners include: The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood and Development, INCCRRA, Illinois Action for Children, Ounce of Prevention and GOAEYC. We are 1/5 states to be selected for the grant. There was a total of 18 proposals submitted. Both CCRR’s and AEYC’s nationwide were eligible to submit for the grant. We have a detailed workplan and budget to follow. Work will begin May 15th and conclude September 15th. More details will be forthcoming as we kick off this work.

  • Member Reception at Leadership Connections


    WHAT: Membership Reception for those attending the Leadership Connections Conference

    WHEN: Thursday, May 9th from 4:30-5:30pm

    WHERE: Leadership Connections Conference, The Westin Chicago North Shore, Suite 1632

    We invite all members/potential members to stop by and join us for a light snack/drink and some informal conversation/networking. If you know of anyone interesting in joining Illinois AEYC or GOAEYC or wishing to learn more about the organizations, please bring them along. Illinois AEYC Members will receive a member appreciation gift upon arrival.

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