Birth to Five Illinois is re-imagining a more equitable Early Childhood Education and Care system that ensures family and community voice is centered and prioritized at every level of decision-making.

Birth to Five Illinois is looking for a diverse group of parents/family members caring for a child under the age of 8 who are passionate about creating more opportunities for young children and families in your region. They are looking for a wide range of voices on the Family Councils, including:
  • Families that live across the region, especially areas that have been under-resourced
  • Families that represent the racial diversity of the region
  • Families with at least one child age eight and under, including those who have used early childhood services and those who have not

Membership will give you the chance to make a difference for children and families in your community. You will be expected to attend approximately 2 meetings per month and will be compensated for your time.

Family Council members will:

  • Share about needs of families and ideas to improve services
  • Give feedback to the Action Council in the region
  • Advocate for family needs with local and state officials