preschool 091620SPRINGFIELD – State Senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) will host a subject matter hearing on early childhood education funding and access to early literacy Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m.

“Illinois children should be given the opportunity to succeed – from the day they enter preschool,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “That starts with expanding evidence-based funding to early childhood education programs.”

“Illinois set a goal 12 years ago that by 2025, 60% of Illinois adults would have a post-secondary credential,” McGuire said. “We need to reach that goal to be a vibrant state. The first step is high-quality early education for all.”

WHAT: Joint Senate Education and Higher Education Subject Matter Hearing on Early Childhood Education Funding and Access to Early Literacy

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m.

WHERE: Conducted remotely via Zoom and broadcast live on or on Blue Room Stream at which is a subscription-based service.


  • Ounce of Prevention
  • Illinois Action for Children
  • Voices for Illinois Children
  • Advance Illinois

Additional witnesses can submit written testimony online at

To watch the virtual committee, visit and click, "Watch Live Virtual Committee Video." The link will be available at 12 p.m.