ECE Providers, Advocates, and Community College Allies Urge Action on Bill
to grant racial equity in access to baccalaureate degrees
Chicago, IL – Early care and education (ECE) childhood providers, advocates, and community college allies urge action on a bill that addresses the teacher shortage and supports racial diversity in the early childhood workforce by allowing early childhood educators to get their baccalaureate degrees locally.
A recent survey, conducted by Illinois Action for Children, of 455 early childhood educators found the community college ECE baccalaureate concept as one of the most impactful strategies to help them achieve their degrees (tied with free tuition and lower fees).
The Senate Higher Education committee heard amendments to Senate Bill 1832, which would grant early childhood educators—the incumbent early childhood workforce—the ability to earn their baccalaureate degree at their local community college.
There are 25 legislative co-sponsors of the bill. The bill will be heard again in Higher Education Committee on Tuesday May 11th.
As advocates, we hope there is action on such an important bill for racial, income, and geographic equity for early childhood workers—true heroes of the pandemic. We urge Senate to act immediately on this issue.
Illinois Action for Children
Latino Policy Forum
Fight Crime: Invest In Kids Illinoi
Teach Plus Illinois
Illinois Community College Trustees Association
City College of Chicago
Shawnee Community College
Danville Area Community College
Dawn S. Munson, Elgin Community College
Sauk Valley Community College
SAL Family & Community Support Services
Lewis & Clark Community College
Kankakee Community College
Illinois Valley Community College
Illinois Central College
Joliet Junior College
Moraine Valley Community College