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The following learning opportunities are designed to support collaborations build and continuously improve local systems of early childhood services with the goal of ensuring that children birth through age five receive the support they need to enter kindergarten healthy, safe, ready to succeed, and eager to learn. Topics include team building, working with data, strategies to engage families and cross-sector partners in recruitment and enrollment efforts.


Ongoing Learning

Part 2 - Early Childhood Collaboration Funding and Sustainability


This two-part training is designed to engage and enhance community collaboration knowledge around grant writing and financial sustainability. While attending both is not required, we encourage you to do so to gain the most out of this training.

Participants will be able to:

· Develop their writing skills when responding to various components of a grant proposal. These components include: writing a narrative, using pointed and equitable language, and developing a proposed budget.

· Time saving "hacks" to help develop a system for writing for multiple funding opportunities.

Partner Plan Act Virtual Summit, Equity from the Start: Overcoming Obstacles, Leveraging Opportunities


Monday May 16

Opening Keynote with Nina Sanchez

Partnering With Pediatricians Through Reach Out and Read

Collective Impact in Motion

Continuous Improvement for Serving English Learners in PreK

Tuesday, May 17 

State Panel

Using Maps to Understand Community Assets and Needs

Ins and Outs of Coordinated Intake

Wednesday, May 18

Closing Keynote with Ai-jen Poo

Community Parenting Support Saturation

You Can't Do it Alone

Part 1- Early Childhood Collaboration Funding and Sustainability


This training is designed to engage and enhance community collaboration knowledge around grant writing and financial sustainability. These workshops are developed to address meeting this need and building the capacity of collaboration teams, both local and regional, across Illinois. Participants will be able to:

  • Identify funders and types of funding available to support community collaboration goals.

  • Learn various organizational methods to intentionally write for funding that aligns with the goals and capacity of local community collaborations.

2022 Partner Plan Act Conference

2. Community Based Planning in Action

3. Developing Opportunities for Diverse Parent Voice and Leadership


4. The Journey of Building Equity and Diversity into Organizational Practices

5. A Regional Approach for Supporting the "Whole Child" through the "Whole Family"

6. Building Equitable Access to Power: The Need for a Statewide Infrastructure

7. Illinois Risk and Reach: Turning Data into Action

8. Organizing Parent Leaders of Color in Early Childhood Collaborations Around Educational Equity

9. Day 2 Welcome and Reflection

10. Abuse Impacts Your Community

11. Building Community Inclusion Teams

12. Continuous Improvement for Serving English Learners in PreK

13. Elements of Effective Family and Community Engagement in Early Childhood Programs

14. Parent Roundtable Discussion

15. Closing Keynote- Dr. Dana Crawford

Lily Be Storytelling Activities

Lily Be - Storytelling Activity #1

Lily Be - Storytelling Activity #2

Lily Be - Storytelling Activity #3

2021 Partner Plan Act Conference Presentations

Vu Le, Opening Keynote

Engaging System Requires More than the Usual Suspects

Assembling the Starry Night: One collaboration's quest to build an equity framework, and how you can build one too

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Lessons Learned from Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute

Panel: Reimagining the Early Childhood System in Illinois

In the Voices of Parents: How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting Families in Illinois

PreK to Kindergarten Transitioning: It’s Not Just a Kindergarten Round-Up

Parents as Partners: Intentional Parent Engagement in Early Childhood Collaborations

Grassroots and Grass tops: How a shared data set can promote community change

John A. Powell, Closing Keynote

2020 Partner Plan Act Annual Conference Presentations

Identifying and Serving Priority Populations

Priority Populations: Data, Resources and Partnerships

Illinois Risk and Reach Project

Cristina Pacione-Zayas from Erikson Institute and the CS3 Team at Illinois Action for Children jointly presented on the new Illinois Risk and Reach Project.

The Illinois Risk and Reach Project is a set of data tools that includes a comprehensive early childhood focused report and interactive website compiling analysis of child well-being indicated in relation to state investments in three domains: family stability, health, and early care and education. Data are visualized through tables and maps in three categories: “Risk”, “Reach”, and Budget Analysis.

KIDS Data: A Guide for Early Childhood Collaborations (10/9/19)

Illinois Action for Children offered a webinar on October 30th focused on the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) data. The webinar discusses what the results might indicate for your community. It walks collaborations through how to access and analyze the data and discusses ways to use the data to improve the local early childhood system.

Immigration & Early Childhood: What Should We Know and How Can We Best Support?

Systems Alignment and Integration

2020 Tamarack Institute's Week of Webinars

Parent Engagement

How to Partner with Advocacy and Policy Stakeholders to Engage Parents in the Role of Advocate

How to Engage Parents in the Role of Collaboration Leader

How to Engage Parents in the Role of Family and Community Expert (January 31, 2023)

Real-World Parent Engagement Examples in Early Childhood Collaborations

Introduction to the CS3 Early Childhood Parent Engagement Framework

How to Engage Parents as Collaboration Leaders 

World Café Conversations a Powerful Method to Support Community Systems Development

Practicing Sustainability: How Can Local Collaborations Sustain Their Community Systems Efforts? (12/20/16)

Quality: Strategies for Improving Early Childhood Programs (1/14/16)


Finding and Enrolling Highest Need Children (10/31/17)

Increasing Enrollment of Child Welfare Involved Children in Early Learning Programs (8/16/16)
Building a Pipeline: Enrolling Children in Early Childhood Programs (11/12/15)


Engaging Family Perspectives at the Local Level (4/25/17)



Collaboration Data Sharing: Going Beyond Publicly Available Data (4/2023)


Early Intervention, Health, and Social-Emotional Learning

The Opioid Crisis: What Early Care and Education Providers Need to Know (6/11/18)

How to Become a Socially Competent Community (5/23/18)

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (9/26/17)

Open Video

Developmental Screening: Increasing Awareness, Access, and Use of Early Intervention Services (12/10/15)

Open Video

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Open Video

Child Find Project: Developmental Screening Data

Open Video

Intro to ECBG and Community Systems (12/7/17)

Data Driven Community Planning (8/29/17)

Documenting the Impact of Community Systems Development Strategies (3/21/17)

Conducting a Community Needs Assessment: How Can Local Collaborations Access the Issues and Needs of Their Community? (2/28/17)

Connecting Child Welfare and EC Systems (6/28/17)

Increasing enrollment of child welfare-involved children in high quality early learning programs

View at Youtube

Connecting the K-12 School System and Early Childhood Systems (5/23/17)

Strategies for engaging K-12 system

View at Youtube

Best Practices in Systems Integration and Alignment

What is systems integration and alignment

Open Video

Partner Plan Act Conference


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