Below are resources for early childhood professionals and those serving the early childhood community.

Universal Preschool Is Most Cost-Effective, Study Finds Because preschool programs that include all kids boost low-income 4-year-olds’ reading scores, they could be a better way to spend tax dollars, according to a Dartmouth economist. (Hechinger Report)

How States Fund Pre-K: A Primer for Policymakers  This special report discusses the revenue streams available for funding quality pre-K programs, and includes an overview of funding types and variations.

Report: State Preschool Enrollment Continues to Grow, but Quality Varies  States continue to enroll more young children in public preschool, but nine state-funded programs meet fewer than half of the quality indicators set by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), the Rutgers University-based center reports in this year’s State of Preschool Yearbook. (Education Dive)

Engaging Families In Your Childhood Collaboration  Illinois Action for Children invites you to participate in a dynamic workshop where you can learn the latest proven strategies and tactics for actively involving families in your Collaboration.  Join Elaine Robbins Harris, owner of Innovation Solutions Consulting, for a highly impactful learning experience where you will draw from your own insights, personal experiences, and curiosity while hearing expert perspectives and techniques for truly involving and engaging families in your Early Childhood Community Collaboration.

There is no cost to attend and there are four sessions to choose from:

  • May 23 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.| Normal, IL
  • May 24 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.| Normal, IL
  • June 5 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.| Chicago Heights, IL
  • June 26 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.| Arlington Heights, IL