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“It doesn’t have to be that way…” Companies that do business in Illinois have a real opportunity to make a significant difference that will help to change the trajectory of life for that “third child,” and many more, for the better. At the same time, you will also strengthen our workforce and economy today and long into the future.

When you make the decision to partner with Illinois Action for Children, your company will play an important role in transforming the lives of thousands of children and families living in poverty—by helping make available equitable access to high-quality early care and education and other vital supports that aid in breaking the cycle of endemic poverty.

The fact is indisputable—overall, children, birth through age five, who participate in high-quality early care and education programs are more likely to succeed in school and in life. Even more promising, is emerging research by scientists and economists investigating and touting that disadvantaged children experience the greatest economic and equity benefits of high-quality early care and education.

Did you know that in Illinois, 43% of children are living in poverty or deep poverty and 10% are living in extreme poverty? That’s a real problem that we can work to solve, together.

Further, 90 cents of every dollar your business invests in Illinois Action for Children is directly allocated to our vital programs and services. This support enables us to innovate, enhance, and expand our crucial work to reach more and do more for our state’s most impoverished children and families.

There’s no denying it –access to safe, affordable, quality child care, preschool programs, and other critical community supports are exactly what society needs to uplift our most disadvantaged children and families and severely under-resourced communities.

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“In the past thirty seconds, three more children were born in the United States. Of these three, only two are likely to graduate from high school. It doesn’t have to be that way.”

—Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania