Invest in Illinois children, families and our early childhood workforce in FY2023

Categories: Policy & Advocacy, Still Standing
Children in Child Care Class
Illinois has long been a national leader in the provision of early childhood services – supports that are essential to giving infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families a fair and equitable shot at success in school and life. Despite decades of support from governors and the Illinois General Assembly, early childhood programs in Illinois …

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Labor trends following the Great Resignation and the need for workforce programs

Categories: Policy & Advocacy, Still Standing

Three years into the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to disrupt the labor market. America is no longer struggling with high unemployment rates—instead, we are facing a labor shortage. For much of the pandemic, childcare challenges, low wages, early retirement, self-reflection and worries about the virus kept people from returning to the office. 33 million Americans have …

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We, the Village Coalition

Categories: Policy & Advocacy, Still Standing

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago joins We, the Village Coalition (formerly the Illinois Early Childhood Funding Coalition) for a power hour advocacy day on March 2nd from noon-1:00pm CT! We will celebrate wins, share stories, and take collective action to support early childhood policy and budget priorities this legislative session.  Expect guest speakers, fun, and a familiar …

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