Reports and Resources
Learning Renewal Resource Guide
Published in 2021, this guide provides resources to school districts in their learning recovery efforts
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Starting an Afterschool Program
This toolkit from ACTNOW is specifically written for programs and districts in Illinois and provides background and resources on determining community needs, planning for programming, establishing funding sources, and identifying the right partners for creating an afterschool program. We also have a series of free webinars that accompany the toolkit.
This map allow users to search for programs already in their area. This can help parents to find local afterschool programs or help districts find possible programs with whom to collaborate.
: Just as school day teachers have Standards, ACT Now worked with stakeholders statewide (including ISBE and IDHS) to create Afterschool Quality Standards. We have free trainings, resources, and an online assessment tool to assist in using the Standards.
Birth - 5
In December 2019, the Governor established the Illinois Commission on Equitable Early Childhood Education and Care Funding ("Early Childhood Funding Commission"). The Commission shall study and make recommendations to establish funding goals and funding mechanisms to provide equitable access to high-quality early childhood education and care services for all children birth to age five and advise the Governor in planning and implementing these recommendations. The Commission submitted these recommendations to the Governor in March 2021.
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Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid
The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid allows qualifying undocumented students and transgender students who are not otherwise eligible for federal financial aid to apply for Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants to attend eligible Illinois colleges, universities, and career education programs.
Stay the Course
Resources for students facing uncertainty about their postsecondary pathway during the covid crisis
Illinois Colleges Forward
Centralized access to Covid-19-related changes for more than 120 of Illinois' 2- and 4-year public and private nonprofit colleges and universities, including: Education delivery plans Placement/admissions test information Resources for transfer students Analysis of Covid-19-related higher education policy changes enacted in Springfield and in D.C.