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Power of Two Campaign

Every child deserves an opportunity to succeed. We can help make that happen with the Illinois Head Start $2 per Child Campaign. Created to support the advocacy work of Head Start in Illinois and the National Head Start Association.

Why it Matters?

We are committed to ensuring that, as federal grantees, your membership dollars (about 18%) of our budget) are not used for lobbying. Yet, the workof advocacy is core to our mission - it's why your association exists. It requires a wide range of activity: collecting and organizing data, building coalitions with other advocates, communicating with members, and education legislators and staff at the state and federal level. This requires resources like websites and apps, marketing and communications, time and travel - especially to Washington.

Contributions make it possible for us to expand our network of advocacy and strenthen our collective capacity to better defend the critical work you do every day - providing gold standard services and care to Illinois' most at-risk infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and their families. These voluntary contributions are critical for our advocacy efforts, building our capacity in Illinois and our nation's capital to:

  • Monitor state and federal legislation and regulations impacting Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Share our story with state and federal policy makers
  • Educate the public about Head Start successes and how programs are funded.
  • Build state and national coalitions that support at-risk families

What can you do back at home?
HOST ACTIVITIES AT YOUR OWN PROGRAM! Not sure what you can and cannot do? Or looking for activities? Download the Dollar Per Child Toolkit and learn about creative Dollar Per Child activities others are doing.

Download the Toolkit

How does it work?
For every two dollars donated, $1.00 goes to Illinois Head Start Association and $1.00 goes to the National Head Start Association.
Or You Can Do the Two
2 dollars, 2 friends, 2 minutes

Donate $2.00 - to give; Ask 2 friends to give $2.00; Take 2 minutes to post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instangram with the hashtags #powerof2, #ilheadstart.

We can do more, two at a time! Click on the DONATE button!

Mail your check donation to:
     Illinois Head Start Association
Attn: POWER OF TWO Campaign
3435 Liberty Drive
Springfield, IL 62704
Or, pay by credit card:

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Help advance the advocacy work of Head Start on behalf of children and families