In this Issue
In this month of eAdvocate we highlight the end of this Legislative Session, an exciting new podcast series, and more!
Legislative Session Recap
On June 1, 2021, the Illinois General Assembly’s legislative session came to an end. While Illinois Action for Children is disappointed that overall state investments in early childhood were decreased, we are pleased to see federal investments made, particularly in the early childhood workforce. Additionally, we are excited about legislation passed this year to support the incumbent workforce in furthering their education and credentials. You can read more about the FY22 budget and legislation in our statements below:
• Budget statement
• HB2878 statement
No One is Coming to Save Us
Listen to "No One is Coming to Save Us" and hear IAFC on the final podcast episode!
Illinois Action for Children is pleased to announce our participation in the launch of the newly released podcast No One is Coming to Save Us!
The four-part series focuses on child care issues and highlights the Ellis Early Learning Center in Boston, sharing diverse stories of families, providers, and childcare workers. Award-winning journalist and mother of three, Gloria Riviera, hosts the series with actress, activist, and mother of two, Kristen Bell. Check out this article from the New York Times for some more background on the podcast.
Keep an ear out for our participation in the last episode, with a shout out to the Illinois Early Childhood Funding Coalition (which you can join, today!)
Join Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III from Chicago’s United Trinity’s Church of Christ for a COVID-19 vaccination town hall!
There is still time to register! Join Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ for a virtual town hall on the COVID-19 vaccine! Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III will moderate a conversation with medical and mental health experts and take live questions from attendees. Panelists include:
- Geraldine Luna, Medical Director (Chicago Department of Public Health), Executive Board Director (Medical Organization for Latino Advancement)
- Marvin Harris, MA, LCPC, Youth, adult, and family counselor (Perspectives Ltd.)
- A. Kyle Mack, Attending Physician, Hematology/Oncology; Director, Cooperative Sickle Cell Donor Program (Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago), Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Registration is free! Live Spanish translation will be provided.
Register for the event