Start Early Statement on New Illinois Early Childhood State Agency

Yesterday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced the creation of a new, unified state agency focused on early childhood. This major undertaking, which will take place over several years, aims to simplify and streamline how families access critical early learning and care services – by better aligning and coordinating programs, data and policies.

“Today, the governor presented a unique, historic pledge to redesign and transform how we serve Illinois families with young children. Start Early is eager to be a collaborator in this work. We know that we will have greater success when we bring the voices of the early childhood community alongside our government partners in this effort.” -Ireta Gasner, Start Early Vice President of Illinois Policy