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Grantees' Impact

  • positioning Illinois as a leader in early care and education and as the first state to offer quality voluntary preschool to all three and four-year-old children;

  • establishing Chicago as the number one U.S. city for accredited early childhood programs;

  • initiating the Illinois Director Credential;

  • creating commercials and public service announcements that promote early learning and the importance of quality early childhood education; and

  • educating and gaining policymakers’ support for quality improvement through increased child care subsidy budgets; and

  • securing a program offering salary incentives for early childhood teachers who seek education and want to remain at a job site.

Did you know?

  • The Education Program has been funding early care and education since 1993.

  • The Education Program’s grant portfolio generally ranges between 30 and 40 active grants per year.

  • Between 1993 and 2006 the Education Program awarded a total of over $74 million to early care and education in Illinois