Advocacy Partners

Illinois AEYC works in partnership with a number of early childhood organizations to help move forward a progressive public policy agenda  for Illinois that makes children and families a priority in its policies and it funding. The benefit of working together cannot be overlooked.

Illinois AEYC thanks each of the agencies listed below for the willingness to share information and resources, support the work of Illinois AEYC and most of all, for all they do on an ongoing basis for the children and families in Illinois.

INCCRRA and the 16 Local CCR&R Agencies

The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) is a statewide organization which — in partnership with its 16 member Child Care Resources and Referral (CCR&R) agencies — is a recognized leader, catalyst and resource for making high quality, affordable early care and education options available for children and families in Illinois.

Action for Children

Illinois Action for Children has championed the cause of quality child care and early education for families and children throughout Illinois for 37 years. Action for Children provides access to resources, community, advocacy – and represents an alliance of individuals and groups dedicated to empowering and supporting parents, child care providers and family service programs. Its mission is to create a common voice and vision for advancing high quality and accessible programs that foster the development, health and well-being of all Illinois children.

Start Early

Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) is a champion for early learning and care from a child’s very first moments, so every child has the opportunity to thrive in school and life.

Voices for Illinois Children

Voices for Illinois Children works across all issue areas to improve the lives of children of all ages throughout our state so they grow up healthy, happy, safe, loved and well educated.

Illinois AEYC also participates in an early childhood coalition advocacy group. Members include:

  1.  Illinois AEYC
  2. Start Early
  3. Illinois Action for Children
  4. ReadyNation Illinois
  5. Latino Policy Forum
  6. Fight Crime:  Invest in Kids Illinois
  7. Voices for Illinois Children