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By Jane Doe

Our children may be returning back to school, but we're not going back to normal. This year in Illinois, families and educators are teaming up to collect our #RightToCare. We demand early childhood care families can afford, access and trust and fair pay to educators that dedicate their lives to our children. Our children may be returning back to school, but we're not going back to normal. This year in Illinois, families and educators are teaming up to collect our #RightToCare. We demand early childhood care families can afford, access and trust and fair pay to educators that dedicate their lives to our children. Our children may be returning back to school, but we're not going back to normal. This year in Illinois, families and educators are teaming up to collect our #RightToCare. We demand early childhood care families can afford, access and trust and fair pay to educators that dedicate their lives to our children. Our children may be returning back to school, but we're not going back to normal. This year in Illinois, families and educators are teaming up to collect our #RightToCare. We demand early childhood care families can afford, access and trust and fair pay.

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About the We, The Village Coalition

Our Story

2022

We, the Village advocated for a 10% increase for all early childhood programs and services in the Illinois state budget for Fiscal Year 2023 through social media, testimonies in Springfield, and a virtual Advocacy Day, among others. We encouraged over 2,000 people to send letters to Illinois state legislators urging their support. The FY23 budget was signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker in April 2022 and included a 6% increase to early childhood programs and services, including new funding to Early Intervention and evidence-based home visiting programs—the first increase in almost two decades.

2021

We, the Village Coalition launched Right to Care IL! This story-driven campaign, developed in collaboration with parents and service providers, effects change through public awareness actions. The campaign works to increase state and federal funding, involve parents and providers in decision-making processes, and ensure those processes are racially equitable and inclusive.

2020

We, the Village Coalition successfully influenced the recommendations of Governor Pritzker’s Illinois Commission on Equitable Early Childhood Education and Care Funding. Our recommendation served as a roadmap for the state’s investment in young learners through a more accessible system for families.

2019

Our diverse coalition of families, caregivers, early educators and providers, school districts, faith-based groups, non-profit organizations, and community members launched We, the Village Coalition to build momentum for transformational change in Illinois’ early childhood care and education system.

Our Mission

We want adequate, equitable, sustainable, reliable funding for children’s services from birth through age 5.

We want to ensure that the early childhood workforce is adequately compensated, and that providers and educators have the resources and support they need to provide high-quality care. 

We want to ensure that our advocacy efforts are geared towards building and sustaining a diverse workforce pipeline that provides adequate pay and benefits. 

We want to ensure all children can access quality education and care, as their parents choose.

We want resources to be invested in the children and communities that need it most in order to eliminate racial, socio-economic, and other disparities.

Members

The organizations listed below are members of the We, the Village Coalition. This list is not exhaustive. We, the Village is proud to have hundreds of additional individuals and community members not listed here.

*Denotes core members

Organizations and Individuals

  • A Child's Place Early Learning Center
  • A Step Ahead Daycare Inc
  • Ada S. McKinley
  • Advance Illinois*
  • Advance Preschool, Inc.
  • Alignment Rockford
  • April’s Safe Haven Childcare & Preschool
  • Asian Human Services
  • Association of Illinois Montessori Schools
  • Baby TALK, Inc.
  • Base Child Care
  • Berwyn South District 100
  • Bradley University
  • Bubbles Academy
  • Carole Robertson Center for Learning
  • Centers for New Horizons
  • Circle Root Collaborative
  • Chicago Dia de los Niños
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Chicago Urban League
  • Child Care Advocates United
  • Children’s Home & Aid
  • Children's Playhouse
  • Circles of Learning
  • City Parent Policy Committee
  • Collaboration for Early Childhood
  • Community Coordination Child Care (4-C)
  • Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)
  • Council for Strong America - Illinois
  • Creative Development Child Care, Inc.
  • Cuddle Care
  • Des Plaines School District 62
  • Delightful Daycare
  • Dolton Riverdale School District 148
  • Early Achievers Academy
  • East Side Aligned, United Way of Greater St. Louis
  • Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley
  • Elgin Partnership for Early Learning
  • El Hogar del Nino
  • Elmhurst Academy
  • Enlace Chicago
  • Equitable Perspective
  • Erikson Institute*
  • Erie Neighborhood House
  • Eyes On The Future Child Development Center
  • Faith Coalition
  • Family Focus
  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids – Illinois*
  • Flora Coats Home Day Care
  • For Your Child Preschool
  • Foresight Law & Policy
  • Goddard Schools-North Aurora
  • Good Shepherd Institute Family Childcare
  • Governors State University
  • Great Bend Center for Music
  • GROW Developing Childcare Professionals, Inc.
  • Happy Bear Child Development Center
  • Harry S. Truman College
  • Hathaway Miranda LLC
  • Harlem Community Center
  • Hand-n-Hand Child Care Center
  • Head Start City Parent Policy Council
  • IFF (formerly the Illinois Facilities Fund)
  • Illinois Action for Children*
  • Illinois Association for the Education of the Young Children*
  • Illinois Developmental Therapy Association
  • Illinois Early Intervention Coalition
  • Illinois for Education Equity
  • Illinois Head Start Association
  • Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
  • Illinois Valley Community College
  • Jewish United Fund
  • Kiddie Kollege Early Childhood Center
  • Kiddos Care
  • Kids Above All
  • Kingdom Academy Learning Center
  • Kohl Children’s Museum
  • Language Empowers All People
  • Latino Policy Forum*
  • League of Women Voters Illinois
  • Learning Bridge Early Education Center
  • LINK Unlimited Scholars
  • Little Tykes II
  • Little Leaders Academy
  • Little Scouts
  • Little Village Education Collaborative, Enlace Chicago
  • Loop Learning Center
  • Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
  • McLean County Unit District 5
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • Mission: Readiness – Illinois*
  • Montessori Public Policy Initiative
  • Mosaic Early Childhood
  • Mc. Renee’s Learn & Play
  • National Louis University
  • Nurse-Family Partnership
  • Oak Park and River Forest Day Nursery
  • Oakton Community College Early Childhood Education Center
  • Okkin
  • One Hope United
  • Open Space Early Learning Center
  • OptimizeMyOrg
  • Our Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Pate’s Playhouse Daycare
  • Prevent Child Abuse Illinois
  • Ready Nation – Illinois*
  • Regional Office of Education #3 (ROE 3)
  • Rockford Day Nursery
  • SAL Family and Community Services
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) HCII
  • Southern Illinois Coalition for Children and Families
  • Small World Learning Center
  • St. Charles Community Unit School District 303
  • St. Paul Christian Day Care and Kindergarten
  • Start Early (formerly Ounce of Prevention Fund)*
  • Teach Plus Illinois*
  • Terrific Tots Home Daycare
  • The Center: Early Childhood Professional Learning
  • The Children's Center of Cicero-Berwyn
  • TJs Tiny Town
  • Under Carrey's Care Corp
  • Villa Montessori School
  • Voices for Illinois Children - Powered by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago*
  • Wee Are the World Home Day Care
  • Western Illinois University
  • Yahweh Learning Center
  • YMCA Metropolitan Chicago
  • YWCA Pekin Illinois