Our Vision: Every young child develops to their maximum potential and thrives with the support of their families and communities.

  • COVID-19

    The health and well-being of children, families, and early childhood care and education providers is of utmost importance. Our COVID-19 resources pages provide links to information to help keep all Illinois residents, especially families, providers, and those who support children, informed.

  • Illinois Early Learning Council

    The Early Learning Council (ELC), a public-private partnership created by Public Act 93-380, strengthens, coordinates and expands programs and services for children birth-to-five throughout Illinois. With a membership including senior state officials and non-government stakeholders appointed by the Governor, the ELC builds on current programs to ensure a comprehensive, statewide early learning system to improve the lives of Illinois children and families.

  • Supports for Families

    Families can find care for their children in different places throughout the community. This care might be called child care, early learning, early care and education, early childhood education, or another name. Navigating options for care can be complicated. Here families will find answers to some of the most basic questions for finding and paying for care.