Every young child develops to their maximum potential and thrives with the support of their families and communities.
The Illinois Cares for Kids website is one place parents, grandparents, and caretakers can access all things related to early childhood education and care in Illinois. You can find resources, programs, and support for your infant, toddler, preschooler, or school-aged child. You can even search for child care and early learning programs near you!
The health and well-being of children, families, and early childhood care and education providers is of utmost importance. Our COVID-19 resources pages provide links to information to help keep all Illinois residents, especially families, providers, and those who support children, informed.
The Early Learning Council (ELC), a public-private partnership created by Public Act 93-380, strengthens, coordinates and expands programs and services for children birth-to-five throughout Illinois. With a membership including senior state officials and non-government stakeholders appointed by the Governor, the ELC builds on current programs to ensure a comprehensive, statewide early learning system to improve the lives of Illinois children and families