We’re Empowering Illinoisans to Be the Voice for Kids

Illinoisans overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education.

This is key because research shows the first five years of children’s lives are critically important for their development. We’re committed to ensuring all children succeed in school and life.

Learn how we’re investing in Illinois’ future. 


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Thank Illinois Lawmakers for Investing in Kids!

Thanks to our combined efforts, thousands of Illinois families will experience increased access to quality child care, more support for children birth to three with disabilities, and higher wages for early learning educators.

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Illinois in the News

Illinois Legislative Session Ends with Big Wins for Kids

“I applaud Governor Pritzker for being a steadfast champion for children, and thank our policymakers for prioritizing kids and families during this year’s legislative session,” said John Gaudette, Illinois State Manager for Save the Children Action Network. Washington, D.C. (April …


All Children Need Access to Pre-K

Children have the ability to develop their literacy, mathematics and social skills before entering kindergarten. That is why it was so exciting to see the Chicago step up with a plan to create universal, full-day pre-K available for all the children of Chicago, regardless of family income.

Kids, a Winning Investment

More states and municipalities are recognizing the benefits of early education and child care and are devoting more resources to increasing access and improving quality.

State Leadership

John Gaudette
Illinois State Manager

John Gaudette has over 25 years of community organizing experience. Prior to coming to Save the Children Action Network, John served as the state organizing director at Citizen Action/ Illinois for 7 years. Before that, John worked as a lobbyist and advocate for Illinois Environmental Council and Illinois PIRG, GOTV director for MoveOn PAC, and 13 years as a community organizing director for PICO Network and National People’s Action affiliate organizations.

An Illinois native, John earned an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Michigan State University.  He currently lives in his hometown of Chicago.

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