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Advocate for Marillac St. Vincent Family Services

Marillac St. Vincent Family Services relies on state and local governments for a significant portion of the funds needed to run our programs. We ask our clients, donors and friends of the Agency to help us reach out to government officials on our behalf, whenever human services face budget cuts or policy change that negatively impacts those experiencing poverty. Each year, early childhood education programs and child care assistance are threatened with devastating funding cuts during budget discussions. To learn how YOU can help, download our guide to being an effective early childhood education advocate through the Advocacy How To button below, or connect with one of our incredible advocacy partners also listed below:

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  • IL Partners for Human Services

    Illinois Partners for Human Service ensures human service providers have a seat at the table when decisions are made that impact their future. They inform nonprofit organizations like Marillac St. Vincent, state government, faith-based, business, and education leaders who agree that our communities are healthier and safer when residents have access to bedrock public services such as early childhood learning, after-school programs, family support, assistance to the disabled, workforce training, violence prevention, and home care for the elderly.

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  • The Ounce of Prevention Fund

    The Ounce works to ensure that public policies and a strong infrastructure are in place – and adequately funded - to give vulnerable children access to voluntary, high-quality early childhood programs. For more than 30 years The Ounce has helped policymakers understand the benefits of and the science behind early childhood education. They work with lawmakers and administrators to direct public funding toward early childhood programs that are proven to be effective.Sign up to receive their Action Alerts to get early childhood advocacy news delivered to your inbox.

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  • Voices for Illinois Children

    Champions the full development of every child in Illinois to assure the future well-being of everyone in the state, working with families, communities and policymakers on all issues to help children grow up healthy, happy, safe, loved, and well educated. Sign up to receive their updates on policy developments and Voices' latest research and advocacy activities.

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  • Illinois Action for Children

    Illinois Action for Children works to advance legislative and administrative policies that support children, families and the field of early care and education. They influence policy and systems change for young children, families and providers through grassroots organizing, advocacy, and research. We also advance a community systems approach to support early childhood cross-systems collaborations within a comprehensive birth-to-eight system.

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