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Governor Signs FY2022 State Budget into Law

Governor Pritzker signed the FY2022 state budget into law on ...
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Illinois Passes Bill to Increase Home Visiting, Doula Services

The Illinois Senate has approved the Health Care and Human ...
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U.S. Congress Passes American Rescue Plan Act

Earlier this week, House lawmakers sent a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 ...
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Governor Pritzker Signs Education Bill (HB 2170)

Governor Pritzker has signed the Education and Workforce Equity Act ...
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Early Childhood Apprenticeship Bills Progressing in Congress

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan ...
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Illinois General Assembly Passes Education Omnibus Bill

The Illinois General Assembly has passed HB2170, a bill designed ...
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Year-End COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $10 Billion for Child Care

Congress has passed a $900 billion end-of-the-year relief bill that ...
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Senators Introduce Bill to Provide Relief to Child Care Sector

Three U.S. senators have introduced the Child Care is Essential Act – ...
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Federal Small Business Relief Programs Replenished

A new bill, passed this week, will replenish funding for ...
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Child Care Organizations Call for More Federal Relief

In a new letter to Congress, a dozen national child ...
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U.S. Congress Passes Third Stimulus Package Containing Early Childhood Provisions

A third stimulus package (H.R. 748, CARES Act) was passed ...
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Congress Includes Relief for Child Care Industry in COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

On Wednesday night, March 25th, the U.S. Senate passed the ...
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Legislation to Alleviate DCFS Case Worker Shortage Passes Illinois House

A bill to allow individuals with criminal justice backgrounds to ...
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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Support Nonprofit Child Care Providers

This week two members of Congress introduced the bipartisan Small ...
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Summary of 2019 Illinois Early Childhood Legislation Now Available

The Ounce of Prevention has released a summary of the ...
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Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims to Improve Pre-K Leadership

As publicly-funded pre-K programs are becoming more common in elementary ...
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UIC Researchers Investigate Illinois Early Childhood Programs’ Expulsion Practices

Researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago have conducted a ...
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Illinois Early Childhood Funding Sees Boost of $50 Million in New State Budget

The Illinois House finished up what was perhaps the most ...
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Illinois Legislators to Consider a Bill Requiring Children to Start School by Age Five

Illinois legislators are considering a bill that says children must ...
NCSL Report Lists New Early Care and Education Bills Signed into Law Across the US in 2018

NCSL Report Lists New Early Care and Education Bills Signed into Law Across the US in 2018

The National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL) has tracked 2018 ...