The Illinois P-20 Council is working to improve birth to adulthood education in Illinois, to maximize students' educational attainment, opportunities for success in the workforce, and contributions to their local communities.
The 30-member Council, appointed by the Governor, includes business leaders, teachers, union leaders, faculty, school board members, parents, and representatives of private colleges, universities, community colleges, foundations, and state education and workforce agencies. Four legislators are appointed to the Council by the Illinois House and Senate majority and minority leaders.
We invite you to join in the work of improving our Illinois education system, and to explore the resources available on this website.
Miguel del Valle, Chair of the Illinois P-20 Council
Governor Pat Quinn visits Dennis Early Childhood Center in Rockford and Chicago’s Richard Edwards Center for Young Learners to discuss his Birth to Five Initiative, the cornerstone of his five-year blueprint for jobs and economic growth. The Governor’s Birth to Five Initiative will focus on three keys to a healthy child: universal prenatal care; access to early care and learning opportunities for every child; and strong parent support.
Listen to the Governor talk about his Birth to Five Initiative here.
The P-20 Council is happy to share that the Illinois Pathways Initiative was launched on February 9 in Bloomington at State Farm's headquarters and awards were announced on September 14. The Pathways program, which features tailored coursework and on the job experience for students through public-private partnerships in 9 key P-20 STEM areas, was originally conceived in the State's Race to the Top application. Learn more about Pathways and how your school, college, or business can join a local network to support the education to employment pipeline!
College Changes Everything™ is a College Access Movement initiated by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Its goal is to tell a story: how postsecondary education changes lives.
On July 17, 2014 in Tinley Park ISAC will host its fourht annual statewide College Changes Everything conference to support Illinois as it works to reach its goal to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025. Additional information available on the conference website!
The United States Department of Education and the Department of Health & Human Services jointly announced on April 9, 2012 that an additional $133m will be available to the next five highest scoring states including Illinois. Illinois will receive $51m to expand access to high quality early childhood programming. Find more information here!