With the help of time-limited funding from the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), Illinois was able to build on its legacy as a leader in early learning and lay a foundation that will allow our vision for children to flourish, by:
▪Creating a more seamless early childhood system, aligning government agencies, public-private partnerships and local coalitions, and data systems to better serve children and families;
▪Supporting the use of evidence-based strategies like the quality recognition and improvement systemto foster continuous improvement;
▪Providing stronger education and professional development for the early learning workforce; and
▪ Reaching more families and children with complex needs so that all children have a bright start in life.