This report outlines where Illinois currently stands — and how it can do better — in strengthening relationships between caregivers and young children. It pairs policy recommendations with actions individuals can take to help give the state’s youngest residents the healthiest start possible.

January 22, 2004

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Policy recommendations for strengthening bonds between young kids and caregivers.

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    What factors parents consider when making child care decisions.

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    The limitations of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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    Actions individuals can take to help support a young child’s healthy growth.

Key Takeaway

The goal: support the social, emotional and educational development of Illinois’ young children

This report shares 11 policy moves aimed at helping Illinois build healthy relationships between its youngest children and their caregivers. It kicks off with a call to expand upon the Family and Medical Leave Act by opening it up to more parents and offering them paid leave from work.  

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations