Events & Resources

Illinois Early Childhood Landscape

1. Illinois Early Childhood Program Inventory
  • Cross-systems resource for early childhood stakeholders and communities in Illinois
    Illinois' Early Childhood Collaborations
  • Find and connect with other collaborations using our Collaboration Directory (updated June 2020)
  • Illinois map showcasing the early childhood collaborations throughout the state (updated July 2020)
  • To report a new collaboration or update a listed collaboration's information, please contact us


2. Early Childhood System

3. Family Engagement in Your Collaboration

4. Professional Development 

5. Illinois Policy Resources

6. Data

  • Priority Population Data Scan and Guide
  • The Priority Population Data Scan and Guide document is designed to connect early childhood service providers and advocates working with data resources, statewide service information, and suggestions for how to form local partnerships to better serve our most vulnerable children and families.

7. Advocacy and Your Collaboration

8. Learn More – Stay Current

  • ABLe Change Framework
    • “The ABLe Change Framework is a systems change approach designed to help communities more effectively address significant social issues affecting children, youth, and families.” Based at Michigan State University.
  • Asset-Based Community Development Institute
    • “The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development.” Based at DePaul University.
  • Build Initiative 
    • Build Initiative helps states, including Illinois, build better comprehensive systems to support early childhood development.
    • Check out Build’s Community Systems Development Toolkit.  
  • Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development 
    • The Governor’s Office (OECD) was created in 2009 to support the ELC and to maximize the state’s early learning investment.”
    • Sign up for the OECD newsletter.
  • Illinois Early Learning Council
    • Created in 2006, the Early Learning Council is a public/private partnership focused on coordinating efforts for children and families birth to five. 
  • Erikson Institute 
    • Erikson Institute is an organization that provides graduate programs, research, and policy knowledge to early childhood leaders. Erikson is currently piloting the Early Development Instrument EDI in Illinois.