Governor's Early Childhood Funding Commission

Commission Primer

In December 2019, the Governor established the Illinois Commission on Equitable Early Childhood Education and Care Funding ("Early Childhood Funding Commission"). The Commission’s charge was to study and make recommendations to the Governor on funding goals and funding mechanisms that provide equitable access to high-quality early childhood education and care services for all children birth to age five. The Commission submitted their recommendations to the Governor in March 2021. Having completed their charge, the Commission has since disbanded. Efforts to implement the recommendations are being considered and led by the Governor and Illinois State Agencies. 


The documents linked below comprise the official Recommendations of the Illinois Commission on Equitable Early Childhood Education and Care Funding. 

Primer for Early Childhood Funding Commission Report
Early Childhood Funding Commission Full Report 
     Cost Model for Early Childhood Education and Care Services
     CUE Racial Equity Analysis Report Early Childhood Funding Commission 2020


Membership

Click here to view a list of Commission members. 

Click here to view bios for each Commission member. 

Meeting Schedule 

Click here to view a list of past Commission meetings. All Commission meetings were open to the public, and a designated time for public comment was made available on all Commission agendas. 

Meeting Materials

The Commission held their final meeting on March 1, 2021. Below is an archival list of all Commission meetings, along with minutes and materials.

Meeting 1: December 16, 2019 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 2: January 14, 2020 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 3: February 11, 2020 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 4: March 10, 2020 - Canceled

  • Working Group Meetings: Canceled

Meeting 5: April 14, 2020 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 6: May 11, 2020 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 7: June 16, 2020 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 8: July 14, 2020 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 9: August 18, 2020 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 10: September 15, 2020 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 11: October 13, 2020 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 12: November 10, 2020  - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 13: December 8, 2020 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 14: February 2, 2021 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Meeting 15: March 1, 2021 - Meeting Materials & Meeting Minutes

Town Halls

Commission Town Halls

The Commission hosted a series of community Town Hall meetings on their draft recommendations. Click on the links below to view the recordings of the Town Hall meetings.

Commission Resources

Funding Adequacy Working Group

Early Childhood Provider Funding Adequacy Estimation: Community-Based Organizations (06/2020)

Funding Mechanism Working Group

Management & Oversight Working Group

Inclusion Working Group

Stakeholder Submitted Materials