Through committee meetings, we build our capacity and exchange ideas. We also get help with moving work forward, and bringing ideas to life. Committee meetings help make our work transparent and support collective ownership and input around our resources and initiatives. All committee members are volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved in any one of our committees, contact us.
Publicly-Funded Preschool Committee
The Public Preschool Committee provides guidance to, and oversight of, all professional development activities, and coordinates a unified outreach, screening and registration of preschool age children to ensure that children who are most eligible are enrolled in the programs. It also promotes the coordinated use of assessment strategies to monitor children’s progress.
Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee, more frequently called the PD Committee, provides guidance to and oversight of all professional development activities, including the Annual Symposium, that promote a highly qualified and effective early childhood workforce in the Oak Park and River Forest area.
Both of these workshops are facilitated by Heather, our Director of Early Learning. She also faciliates the Directors’ Roundtable and Family Child Care Providers’ (PCCP) Roundtable meetings.
The Parenting Resource Program Committee
The Collaboration’s Parenting Resource Program Committee connects families with early childhood information, events, resources and parenting workshops. Learn more about the variety of actitivies they coordinate on by visiting the Parenting Resource Program page. The Parenting Resource Program Committee Partners include: River Forest Public Library, Easterseals, New Moms, Oak Leyden, Oak Park Public Library, Wonder Works Children’s Museum, Welcome to Fatherhood, The Day Nursery, and Families First.
The Parenting Resource Program Committee is facilitated by Jennifer, our Mangager of Family Engagement. She also coordinates the Home Visiting Task Force, which you can learn more about on our Coordinated Intake page.
Health and Development Committee
The Health and Development Committee meets every other month and discusses topics related to early childhood health and development. The goal of the committee is to exchange ideas and spread awareness of early childhood supports and resources to health professionals. The Health and Development Committee is facilitated by Shannon, our Manager of Health and Development. She also leads the Physicians’ Network events that occur twice a year in the fall and spring.
Community Engagement Committee
The Community Engagement Committee is the Collaboration’s newest committee. It works on efforts to bring the importance of early childhood health and education to a broader audience through cultivation, awareness building, and public events.
Measurement and Evaluation Committee
The Measurement and Research Committee provides guidance to, and oversight of, data collection, database development, data analysis and research activities of the Collaboration. The committee works closely with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. This committee is facilitated by Laura, our Director of Operations.
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