Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Illinois Early Learning Council Act. Establishes the Illinois Early Learning Council to coordinate existing State programs and services for children from birth to 5 years of age in order to better meet the early learning needs of children and their families. Provides for the appointment of members to the Council who represent both public and private organizations and who shall serve on a voluntary, unpaid basis.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that the goal of the Illinois Early Learning Council is to fulfill the vision of a statewide, high-quality, accessible, and comprehensive early learning system to benefit all young children whose parents choose it. Requires the Council to guide collaborative efforts to improve and expand upon existing early childhood programs and services. Provides that Council membership shall reflect regional, racial, and cultural diversity. Specifies some of the types of people the Governor must appoint. Provides that the Governor shall request that the Region V office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families appoint a member to the Council. Provides for terms for some of the members. Requires the Council to annually report to the Governor and General Assembly on the Council's progress towards its goals and objectives. Adds an immediate effective date.