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Creating a brighter future through ‘A Stronger Illinois’

We are a stronger Illinois when we invest in strong families, communities, and local economies. By highlighting the stories of real Illinoisans, a new series of reports from the Fiscal Policy Center shows that our state creates a brighter future when we make critical public investments. The series also estimates how programs and the communities they serve would be impacted by the pending loss of billions of dollars in revenue.

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It All Adds Up: Early Math Initiatives in Illinois

Math is all around us, and research suggests that children understand math concepts even before they can speak. Not only are they “born learning,” but they are also born learning math. A new report from Voices and the CME Group Foundation highlights early math initiatives in Illinois and makes recommendations to expand these initiatives so that every young child has the chance to explore early mathematics.

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Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach

Breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty requires a coordinated set of efforts that address the needs of the whole family, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s new KIDS COUNT® report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. A “two-generation” approach seeks to create opportunities for low-income families by simultaneously equipping parents and kids with the tools they need to thrive while removing the obstacles in their way.

Issues In Focus

Higher Minimum Wage Would Help 1 in 5 Illinois Kids, Boost State Economy
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Raising the state minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour would benefit an estimated 1.1 million Illinois workers and nearly one in five Illinois children (about 583,000). And new research indicates that these clear benefits to low-wage workers come with little discernible effect on employment.

Preschool for Some? A Closer Look at Disparities in Access to Preschool in Illinois
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A new report and accompanying issue brief from Voices examines existing preschool opportunities and outstanding needs in Illinois, highlighting areas for improvement to reduce disparities related to family income, race-ethnicity, and geographic area within the state.

ICTC Launches Look Through Their Eyes Campaign
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Look Through Their Eyes is a public awareness campaign launched by the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition (ICTC) intended to increase awareness among parents and care-givers of the importance of prevention, early identification, and treatment of childhood trauma. Check out the campaign website to learn more about childhood trauma and to find service providers.

Letter from Voices’ President: Revenue Needed to Prioritize Early Childhood Education
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Gaylord Gieseke’s Letter to the Editor in the Springfield Journal-Register makes the case for revenue in order to support a budget that prioritizes early childhood education.