Events & Resources

Illinois Early Childhood Collaborations

1. Illinois' Early Childhood Collaborations
  • Illinois map showcasing the early childhood collaborations throughout the state, updated December 2018
  • To report a new collaboration or update a listed collaboration's information, please contact us.
  • Community collaborations in Chicago interested in supporting early childhood efforts can apply for a competitive grant for funds up to $30,000 to implement or enhance current strategies to engage families and young children in Chicago Early Learning programs. Learn more and apply by May 24 @ 5 p.m.


2. Early Childhood System

3. Family Engagement in Your Collaboration

4. Professional Development 

5. Illinois Policy Resources

6. Data

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.