Voices for Illinois Children

Voices for Illinois Children Voices for Illinois Children works to improve the lives of children of all ages throughout our state so they grow up healthy, safe, and well-educated.

Founded in 1987, Voices is a statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that bridges ideological and political boundaries. We mobilize individuals, groups and communities to make informed policy choices, promote proven quality programs and motivate positive changes in the lives of all Illinois children and their families.

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Check out #RaisingIllinois new website. The coalition is working hard in Springfield to advance change so all expecting ...
09/17/2021
Home | Raising Illinois

Check out #RaisingIllinois new website. The coalition is working hard in Springfield to advance change so all expecting families, infants, and toddlers will have the strongest foundation in their first years of life. https://bit.ly/3nbl493

Raising Illinois Closing the opportunity gap for our youngest learners The science is clear: the first three years of a child’s life are the most critical for healthy development. By investing early, we can lay the foundation for all Illinois children to have a strong start in school and life. But...

Families are struggling to afford high-quality child care as the cost of care increases year after year. Ensure working ...
08/24/2021

Families are struggling to afford high-quality child care as the cost of care increases year after year. Ensure working families can afford quality #childcare and #preschool.

Families are struggling to afford high-quality child care as the cost of care increases year after year. Ensure working families can afford quality #childcare and #preschool.

08/16/2021

Child Care can be Costly! We can help you pay for it!

Unsure of mask policies for your child's school? Then this webinar is for you. Join @Collab4ILKids on 8/19 to learn how ...
08/13/2021
CCHP Webinar: Returning Back-to-School Safely 8/19/21

Unsure of mask policies for your child's school? Then this webinar is for you. Join @Collab4ILKids on 8/19 to learn how to send your child safely to school. Register now https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eid700pj9cf75678&oseq=&c=&ch

As we prepare for safe in-person learning & welcome students back to the classrooms, it’s more important than ever for schools & communities to prioritize the health and safety of students, staff and families. Join our discussion led by Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Jhaveri and Advanced Genera...

Due to technical issues, we needed to establish a new link for Monday’s (7/26) 3PM CT webinar on the Illinois KIDS COUNT...
07/23/2021

Due to technical issues, we needed to establish a new link for Monday’s (7/26) 3PM CT webinar on the Illinois KIDS COUNT Report and Housing Issues. For those of you who already registered, please re-register to get the new link for the event: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8Gkgv1yHTyWThMiwPfXQ7A Our apologies for your inconvenience. For those of you who haven’t yet signed up, there is still room. Please register and join us on Monday!

Due to technical issues, we needed to establish a new link for Monday’s (7/26) 3PM CT webinar on the Illinois KIDS COUNT Report and Housing Issues. For those of you who already registered, please re-register to get the new link for the event: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8Gkgv1yHTyWThMiwPfXQ7A Our apologies for your inconvenience. For those of you who haven’t yet signed up, there is still room. Please register and join us on Monday!

Join us next week for a webinar on the 2021 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report and Illinois housing issues. In its 2021 Illinois...
07/21/2021

Join us next week for a webinar on the 2021 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report and Illinois housing issues.

In its 2021 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report, Voices for Illinois Children – Powered by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago looks at not just income but housing, education, health care, and other factors. During the webinar, Voices, Housing Action Illinois, and the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics will review the report and discuss the role housing costs play as well as the substantial risks of housing instability on child health.

When: Monday, July 26, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Register via Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xVT1EVznSmeAgnkiHGsAcQ
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Join us next week for a webinar on the 2021 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report and Illinois housing issues.

In its 2021 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report, Voices for Illinois Children – Powered by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago looks at not just income but housing, education, health care, and other factors. During the webinar, Voices, Housing Action Illinois, and the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics will review the report and discuss the role housing costs play as well as the substantial risks of housing instability on child health.

When: Monday, July 26, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Register via Zoom:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xVT1EVznSmeAgnkiHGsAcQ
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Voices for Illinois Children – Powered by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago – has released its 2021 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report t...
07/20/2021

Voices for Illinois Children – Powered by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago – has released its 2021 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report that looks at child poverty prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report shows that “going back to normal” after the pandemic ends will seriously shortchange children and their families for years to come. You can read a blog post on the report and download a copy of it at https://bit.ly/3wTfBEW

Voices for Illinois Children – Powered by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago – has released its 2021 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report that looks at child poverty prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report shows that “going back to normal” after the pandemic ends will seriously shortchange children and their families for years to come. You can read a blog post on the report and download a copy of it at https://bit.ly/3wTfBEW

Join us for this presentation that will also take a look at how Illinois finances programs and services for young childr...
07/14/2021

Join us for this presentation that will also take a look at how Illinois finances programs and services for young children.

NEW RISK AND REACH DATA: Presentations are scheduled this month providing an overview of the new Risk and Reach dataset providing a pre-pandemic look at the early childhood landscape. Join us!

July 15th at 2pm: http://ow.ly/t6YW50Fqn1O
July 22nd at 2pm: http://ow.ly/GubG50Fqn1L

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07/07/2021

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Just Released: Updated Illinois Risk and Reach Report.

When looking at this pre-pandemic data and comparing it with data from 2016, you can see that the state has been experiencing a general population decrease for several years.

Download the Report at riskandreach.erikson.edu

Good health is fundamental to a child’s overall well-being. Health begins at birth with many factors affecting developme...
06/28/2021

Good health is fundamental to a child’s overall well-being. Health begins at birth with many factors affecting development, such as family stress, inadequate housing, lack of preventive health care and poor nutrition. Let’s make sure every child has what they need to be healthy. https://bit.ly/3vIoSit

Good health is fundamental to a child’s overall well-being. Health begins at birth with many factors affecting development, such as family stress, inadequate housing, lack of preventive health care and poor nutrition. Let’s make sure every child has what they need to be healthy. https://bit.ly/3vIoSit

When families and communities are strong and supportive, kids do better. The latest @KIDSCOUNT data underscores a need t...
06/24/2021

When families and communities are strong and supportive, kids do better. The latest @KIDSCOUNT data underscores a need to help kids and parents in their communities so they succeed together. https://bit.ly/3vIoSit

When families and communities are strong and supportive, kids do better. The latest @KIDSCOUNT data underscores a need to help kids and parents in their communities so they succeed together. https://bit.ly/3vIoSit

What The New Monthly Child Tax Credits Mean For You And Your Family
06/23/2021
What The New Monthly Child Tax Credits Mean For You And Your Family

What The New Monthly Child Tax Credits Mean For You And Your Family

"For working families with children, this tax cut sends a clear message: Help is here," said President Biden, touting the tax credit that gives American families up to an extra $1,600 per child.

IL Child Well-Being Improved in Last Decade, Although Disparities Remain
06/22/2021
IL Child Well-Being Improved in Last Decade, Although Disparities Remain

IL Child Well-Being Improved in Last Decade, Although Disparities Remain

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Child well-being in Illinois was looking up in 2019 compared with 2010, but advocates say the full impact of COVID-19 is yet to be seen, and has highlighted the need for strong supports. The Annie E. ...

The American Rescue Plan is projected to cut child poverty in half and build racial equity, and the one-year expansion o...
06/21/2021

The American Rescue Plan is projected to cut child poverty in half and build racial equity, and the one-year expansion of the #ChildTaxCredit (CTC) accounts for the vast majority of its poverty-fighting power. We must make the expansion permanent to create a true #GuaranteedIncome4Kids. #GI4Kids

The American Rescue Plan is projected to cut child poverty in half and build racial equity, and the one-year expansion of the #ChildTaxCredit (CTC) accounts for the vast majority of its poverty-fighting power. We must make the expansion permanent to create a true #GuaranteedIncome4Kids. #GI4Kids

We’re excited to be a part of the @AnnieECaseyFndn’s 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book release! The latest edition of the report...
06/21/2021

We’re excited to be a part of the @AnnieECaseyFndn’s 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book release! The latest edition of the report explores child well-being trends as well as how the pandemic will play a part in the lives of our children for years to come. https://bit.ly/3vIoSit @aecfkidscount

We’re excited to be a part of the @AnnieECaseyFndn’s 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book release! The latest edition of the report explores child well-being trends as well as how the pandemic will play a part in the lives of our children for years to come. https://bit.ly/3vIoSit @aecfkidscount

A powerful group of women working to combat health inequities and racism: (From L-R) State Representative Lisa Hernandez...
05/11/2021

A powerful group of women working to combat health inequities and racism: (From L-R) State Representative Lisa Hernandez, Dr. Patricia Jones Blessman, State Rep. Camille Lilly, State Senator Mattie Hunter, and Voices for Illinois Children Executive Director Tasha Green Cruzat. #combattingracism

A powerful group of women working to combat health inequities and racism: (From L-R) State Representative Lisa Hernandez, Dr. Patricia Jones Blessman, State Rep. Camille Lilly, State Senator Mattie Hunter, and Voices for Illinois Children Executive Director Tasha Green Cruzat. #combattingracism

05/10/2021

Voices Executive Director Tasha Green Cruzat joined Governor J.B.Pritzker, legislators, and community leaders at a press conference this morning celebrating HB 158 (now law), which contains language creating a state Racial Impact Note Act. #raceequity

Illinois Can't Wait! It's time to prevent our annual deficits from becoming worse by passing progressive revenue options...
05/05/2021

Illinois Can't Wait! It's time to prevent our annual deficits from becoming worse by passing progressive revenue options like closing corporate tax loopholes. Call your legislators today and tell them to pass the RBC revenue options. http://bit.ly/RBCLobbyDay #ResponsibleBudgetCoalition

Illinois Can't Wait! It's time to prevent our annual deficits from becoming worse by passing progressive revenue options like closing corporate tax loopholes. Call your legislators today and tell them to pass the RBC revenue options. http://bit.ly/RBCLobbyDay #ResponsibleBudgetCoalition

Too many parents struggle to afford quality child care. Many drop out of the workforce or reduce their work hours. Presi...
04/29/2021

Too many parents struggle to afford quality child care. Many drop out of the workforce or reduce their work hours. President Biden is proposing to invest in American families so low- and middle-income households pay no more than 7% of their income on high-quality child care. #americanfamiliesplan

Too many parents struggle to afford quality child care. Many drop out of the workforce or reduce their work hours. President Biden is proposing to invest in American families so low- and middle-income households pay no more than 7% of their income on high-quality child care. #americanfamiliesplan

The pandemic has cut short college plans for many young people .President Biden is calling on Congress to approve $109 b...
04/29/2021

The pandemic has cut short college plans for many young people .President Biden is calling on Congress to approve $109 billion for two years of free community college. #AmericanFamiliesPlan

The pandemic has cut short college plans for many young people .President Biden is calling on Congress to approve $109 billion for two years of free community college. #AmericanFamiliesPlan

Voices for Illinois Children's Executive Director Tasha Green Cruzat on today's signing of Illinois House Bill 158. http...
04/28/2021
A statement from Voices Executive Director Tasha Green Cruzat on the Governor signing HB 158 : voices4kids.org

Voices for Illinois Children's Executive Director Tasha Green Cruzat on today's signing of Illinois House Bill 158. https://bit.ly/2QvtbiW

April 27, 2021 8:56 pm Published by Mitch Lifson ShareTweetShare0 Shares  April 27, 2021 Today, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law HB 158, which represents health and human service reforms put forward by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to address racial and ethnic inequities. The...

With the Governor signing HB 158, Illinois is now one of the few states in the country with a broad-based Racial Impact ...
04/27/2021

With the Governor signing HB 158, Illinois is now one of the few states in the country with a broad-based Racial Impact Note Act. It is a step towards eliminating our state’s existing inequities in health, education, housing, and many other areas.

With the Governor signing HB 158, Illinois is now one of the few states in the country with a broad-based Racial Impact Note Act. It is a step towards eliminating our state’s existing inequities in health, education, housing, and many other areas.

Governor J.B. Pritzker today signed HB 158 into law and with his signature created a state Racial Impact Note Act. It is...
04/27/2021

Governor J.B. Pritzker today signed HB 158 into law and with his signature created a state Racial Impact Note Act. It is a step towards justice and a society that provides opportunities to all of its citizens. Thank you to everyone who supported this legislation.

photograph courtesy of BlueRoomStream

Governor J.B. Pritzker today signed HB 158 into law and with his signature created a state Racial Impact Note Act. It is a step towards justice and a society that provides opportunities to all of its citizens. Thank you to everyone who supported this legislation.

photograph courtesy of BlueRoomStream

Statement from Tasha Green Cruzat, Executive Director, Voices for Illinois Children, regarding the tragic shooting death...
04/15/2021

Statement from Tasha Green Cruzat, Executive Director, Voices for Illinois Children, regarding the tragic shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo:

"The loss of any child is tragic and painful. As noted by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, viewing the body camera footage of 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s death will be difficult to watch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Toledo Family.

In 2019, there were 148 recorded child and teen homicides by firearms in Illinois. Any death is unacceptable. Whether it is poverty, the state’s criminal justice system, or investments in our communities, we have let down our children. We can do better. Voices for Illinois Children remains committed to ensuring that all of our children are safe and have the resources they need to lead productive and healthy lives."

Statement from Tasha Green Cruzat, Executive Director, Voices for Illinois Children, regarding the tragic shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo:

"The loss of any child is tragic and painful. As noted by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, viewing the body camera footage of 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s death will be difficult to watch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Toledo Family.

In 2019, there were 148 recorded child and teen homicides by firearms in Illinois. Any death is unacceptable. Whether it is poverty, the state’s criminal justice system, or investments in our communities, we have let down our children. We can do better. Voices for Illinois Children remains committed to ensuring that all of our children are safe and have the resources they need to lead productive and healthy lives."

Voices Executive Director Tasha Green Cruzat joined Sen. Mike Simmons today to support the creation of a state child tax...
04/08/2021

Voices Executive Director Tasha Green Cruzat joined Sen. Mike Simmons today to support the creation of a state child tax credit.

Lawmakers push more collaboration on mental health resources for DCFS youth
04/02/2021
Lawmakers push more collaboration on mental health resources for DCFS youth

Lawmakers push more collaboration on mental health resources for DCFS youth

Debate at a budget hearing for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) turned heated when lawmakers criticized the agency's partnership with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS). All eyes turned to YouthCare, a collaborative effort between the two agencies to expand t...

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OUR COMMENT POLICY Voices for Illinois Children welcomes comments and feedback. However, as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, we reserve the right to remove any comments that may appear partisan or be about politics instead of policy. Comments are subject to moderation. We reserve the right to remove comments that: are injurious, defamatory, profane, off-topic or inappropriate; contain personal attacks or racist, sexist, homophobic, or other slurs; solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites or to sell products or services; may infringe the copyright or intellectual property rights of others or other applicable laws or regulations; or are otherwise inconsistent with the goals of this blog. Posted comments do not necessarily represent the views of Voices for Illinois Children and do not constitute official endorsement by the organization. If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

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Fulfilling our mission and values means engaging all Illinois citizens and supporting their advocacy efforts to achieve an Illinois that embraces all its children and their families.

Be a voice for Illinois children. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

• Go to www.voices4kids.org to learn more about Voices for Illinois Children and all of our issue areas.

• While there, register to receive our e-alerts so you can stay up-to-date on policy developments and Voices' latest research and advocacy activities. http://action.voices.org/site/Survey?SURVEY_ID=1340&ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&JServSessionIda004=fbfg09apm1.app308c

• Join a Voices Leadership Committee to connect with advocates in your area who share your passion to make Illinois a better place for children. http://www.voices4kids.org/what-you-can-do/join-a-voices-leadership-committee

• Host a parent “café” (a lively, interactive dialogue
session) or community gathering, with our help if
you need it, and invite a Voices speaker.

• Write or call your elected officials and insist they
make children’s issues a top priority. http://action.voices.org/site/PageNavigator/il_electedOfficials

• Join our conference calls to learn more about
specific issues and legislative actions important
to children.

• Attend a rally or vigil to raise awareness of children’s needs; you can find events on our Web site.

• Volunteer in your neighborhood. Visit http://www.voices4kids.org/what-you-can-do to learn more exciting ways you can make a difference.

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About Voices for Illinois Children

Voices for Illinois Children is a statewide, nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy organization that is committed to building better lives for children. We engage in a range of activities — including policy research and analysis, policy advocacy, strategic communications, and community engagement — all in support of policies and programs that enhance the well-being of children, families, and communities in Illinois.

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