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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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A Letter from Dr. Rebecca Barbato: I will never forget my first experience with a transgender patient. I was a few years into my practice and my 5-year-old patient’s mom shared with me her concern about his interest in “girls’ things” and pink thi...

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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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Congratulations to Kizzie Harris! She is the first family child care provider in Oak Park to receive a Bronze Level rating from the ExceleRate Illinois Quality Rating System. ExceleRate provides guidelines and standards for early childhood professionals...

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As of today, it appears likely that the Illinois General Assembly will pass a six-month spending plan that does not include any new revenue. Legislators are beginning to understand that Illinoisans are tired of the budget standoff that is increasingly dam...

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