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New Afterschool Quality Standards are being created for afterschool programs by the ACT Now Coalition and its partners! The Standards are a resource afterschool and youth providers and funders can use in their efforts to deliver high quality programs. Standards will provide a common definition of “quality” in Illinois and lay the foundation for developing comprehensive quality improvement systems.

The Standards are in draft form. Meeting participants will get an early look at the Standards and be asked to provide their feedback and suggestions. We need to hear from you!



2015 Illinois Kids Count Chicago Symposium

March 12, 2015, Loyola Regents Hall, 111 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL, with keynote speaker Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden. Register here.

“Understanding Our Communities: Illinois Kids Count Conversations”

This new discussion series offers special opportunities to convene civic, business, and community leaders in a face-to-face discussion with their legislators on the best strategies to build better lives for local children and families. Join Voices in galvanizing leadership across the state by hosting an Illinois Kids Count Conversation in your community.

Contact Joan Vitale at 312-516-5555 for more information.

Illinois Kids Count “Symposia Around the State”

The Illinois Kids Count “Symposia Around the State” series offers very special opportunities to discuss the Illinois Kids Count report’s findings specific to individual communities. We look forward to working together to address the challenges communities face in these difficult times, and to articulate our shared vision for the future of all children in Illinois.

Communities hosting launch events and symposia to support Illinois Kids Count 2013 are announced throughout the year. Sign up for our alerts for announcements about events in your area. For information about hosting an event in your community, please contact Joan Vitale at (312) 516-5555.