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Early Intervention Supports

Early Intervention in the News


Resources for Families

The above information and more can be found at

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Tell Your Legislators to Support Full Funding for ECACE!


We need your help now more than ever to shape the future of early childhood care and education in Illinois! Urge your legislators to secure at least $60 million in funding for ECACE in the FY25 budget! The Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) has been a cornerstone for the incumbent early childhood workforce within our state, but current funding is grossly inadequate. As advocates within our community, your voice is incredibly powerful. We urge you to reach out to your legislators and ask them to support full funding for ECACE through HB5806/SB3923. This consortium is more than just a program, it is a lifeline for students across 95% of Illinois counties who depend on ECACE scholarships to pursue their early childhood education degrees. Learn more about ECACE here.

Advocacy Opportunity for Early Intervention

  1. Share stories
·        Please Share Your EI Story! We are collecting stories and pictures from families about their EI experiences to share with the governor’s office, legislators, and administrators at Early Childhood Advocacy Day to demonstrate the impact of early intervention.  
Our Ask: Please share widely with your networks so we can collect stories from as many families as possible in the next few weeks!  
o   Babies Can’t Wait! postcard campaign (English) 
o   Campaña de tarjetas postales "Nuestros Bebés No Pueden Esperar" (Spanish) 
      2. File a complaint
·        Waiting for EI Services? File a Complaint! We are partnering with Equip for Equality to support families in filing state complaints if they are experiencing barriers to accessing EI at any step of the process and are waiting longer than the required EI timelines. Many families who are referred to the program never receive a callback and are unable to connect to the EI system at all. The thousands of families waiting for services are largely invisible, and these families must be seen and heard.  
o   Review required EI Timelines on when you should receive a call back, an evaluation and IFSP, and begin services.  
o   Access a fillable state complaint form and information on how to file it.  
o   Request an appointment with Equip for Equality for support with filing a complaint. 

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Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities 

From the Early Childhood Professional Learning Center

FREE Conscious Discipline Training

Mentor/Mentee Program
*Stipend included


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Start Early is hoping to gather input from child care providers on their experience with DCFS' background check processes, so we can continue our advocacy efforts to improve the process.

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Please take 20 minutes to complete this and have your voice heard so that your viewpoints can be captured and considered.


Early Childhood Regional Needs Assessment

Using a Collective Impact Model, between September 2022 and June 2023, Birth to Five Illinois Action and Family Councils worked together to identify regional needs. Below you can download the Early Childhood Regional Needs Assessment for Region 49 ( Rock Island County). 

In partnership with

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the Fiscal Year 24 (FY24) Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) Request for Proposals (RFP) information.

Please forward this information to anyone to whom it pertains.

Teach Plus Illinois opportunities

Teach Plus Illinois offers three opportunities for early childhood educators to share their experiences to inform decision-making. You can participate in as many research projects as you are comfortable with and eligible for.


  • IDHS Compensation Contracts Focus Groups: Teach Plus Illinois is partnering with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to gather educator insight on IDHS’s Compensation Contracts. We are looking for current Illinois early childhood educators in a community-based childcare program to participate in focus groups. 

  • Special Education for 3-5-Year-Olds in CBOs Focus Groups: We are conducting focus groups with early childhood educators in community-based programs as part of a research study to understand teachers’ perspectives on how 3 to 5-year-old children with special needs are being serviced in community-based organizations.

  • Early Childhood Workforce Student Teaching Survey: We are looking for early childhood educators who chose to pursue licensure after they had some experience in the field to complete a survey as part of a research study to understand early childhood educators’ perspectives on student teaching experiences.


Each study will offer a raffle for a $20 gift certificate to participants. You will be entered individually for each study that you participate in. Find more information on all three research studies here.

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