Our Path

Our broad approach to supporting children by supporting families is a proven and effective means to address overarching issues of endemic poverty, which are the root cause of the educational failure of America’s poorest children.

The Problem

We Practice What We Believe

Our work begins with promoting the safety, health, happiness, and education of all children. By nature of our cause, our work extends to parents and family, child care providers, and the systems that support child development.

What We Believe

How We Started

It started back in 1969 when our founder, Sylvia Cotton, asked the question no one else was asking, “What about the children?” — that was the beginning of our journey to help make a difference in the lives of families in Illinois.

Our History