Updated: March 28, 2014 8:59AM
We applaud the ambitious birth-to-5 initiative unveiled by Gov. Quinn in his State of the State address. There is no doubt that high-quality, early childhood programs can reap huge long-term dividends.
At Voices for Illinois Children, we have been advocating for early childhood investments for many years. Unfortunately, Illinois was hit hard by the recession, and recovery has been slow. Education programs have been hit hard by state budget cuts.
And budget shortfalls will only get worse this year when current income tax rates expire and Illinois faces a revenue collapse. Such massive revenue losses would require enormous budget cuts.
Early education is worth big investment. Let’s be sure that the state has stable, sustainable revenue to maintain vital services that will help Illinois get children, our families and our communities back on the right track.
Voices for Illinois Children