Draft Recommendations from the Illinois Early Childhood Funding Commission

During a virtual town hall meeting this month, members of Governor Pritzker’s Early Childhood Funding Commission shared its emerging recommendations for improving early childhood education and care across the state. The governor appointed the 29-person commission last year to study and recommend funding goals and mechanisms.

At this meeting, the commission shared three major emerging recommendations:

  • Increase funding over time to meet the commission’s long-term funding goal
  • Centralize and coordinate Illinois’ early childhood education and care funding system
  • Centralize Illinois’ early childhood education and care systems into one agency
One of the commission’s draft recommendations is to create a single state agency dedicated to early childhood education and care

According to this article in Chalkbeat Chicago, the commission is expected to deliver its final recommendations to the governor by March 2021.

The funding commission plans to hold three more virtual town halls to provide stakeholders an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about these recommendations. These sessions are planned for Dec. 16, Jan. 6, and Jan. 14.