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For 35 consecutive years, the Oak Park Runner’s Club (OPRC) has hosted the Good Life Race, one of the most prestigious 5K race events in the Chicago area. The Race is a family friendly event that draws runners and walkers of all ages from the Oak Park â...

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At their February 13, 2017, meeting, the Collaboration for Early Childhood’s board of directors heard a presentation from Oak Park Elementary School District 97 board of education members regarding the two upcoming referenda. The K-8 school district has...

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The Collaboration for Early Childhood strives to keep those who are interested in issues affecting families at the state policy level up-to-date. The following is taken from the Responsible Budget Coalition‘s Weekly Update for February 8, 2017. CTBA...

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The Collaboration’s Annual Symposium has been a signature event for the past 14 years. Organized by a volunteer team of top-notch early childhood education professionals, this gathering has grown to well over 300 attendees. The Symposium workshops a...

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Friends, Every day, the Collaboration for Early Childhood works to ensure that children, parents, and early care providers have the resources they need so children enter kindergarten eager to learn and ready to succeed. As we come to the end of another b...

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Nobel Laureate James Heckman has recently released new research showing that investing in high-quality child care for children from birth to age 5 shows tremendous benefits for both the children and parents 30 years later. He estimates the rate of return ...

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  Look up your legislators here.   Governor Bruce Rauner Phone: (217) 782-0244 Email Governor Rauner using this form.   Representative La Shawn Ford Phone:(217) 782-5962 Email Representative Ford using this form. View a map of Representativ...

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Everyone agrees: young children deserve high-quality care and education. Just as elementary and high school teachers have professional qualifications to educate our children, it is important that those who spend time with the very young are well-trained a...

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A “developmental screening” is a brief check that provides a snapshot of a child’s communication, motor, cognitive, self-help and social-emotional skills. A developmental screening can be completed by a doctor, a child care provider or other trained...

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