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Early Literacy Deep Dive

Confused about Illinois literacy policy? Read our latest deep dive on
improving literacy in the Prairie State.


We focus on policies and funding that level the playing field so all students have a fair chance to succeed in the classroom and in life. Our policy work primarily cuts across four areas: Adequate and Equitable Funding Spent WiselyEarly LiteracyHigh School Success, and Youth Justice.


 Creating a brighter future for us all requires safe and supportive communities, whether those be schools, neighborhoods, cities, or our entire state. To help achieve that goal, we partner with parents, caregivers, educators, and community leaders to harness the power of our collective voices to make a positive impact in our communities.


Civic engagement has been our heart and soul ever since our founding event in 1996. There are many ways to join us in standing for the children of Illinois, including learning from historyelecting education championsregistering to vote, and, in Chicago, through your Local School Council.

A Scalable and Sustainable Grassroots Movement

Stand for Children Illinois believes in harnessing the inherent potential of individuals and the power of our collective voices to advance education equity and racial justice.