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» Here’s Where Families Can Get Vaccinated — Or Get Child Care — During Friday’s COVID-19 Vaccination Awareness Day   (Block Club Chicago) » US-funded child care aid nearing reality with Biden bill (ABC News)   » Why haven’t U.S. mothers returned to work? The child-care infrastructure they need is still missing.   (The Washington Post) » US food banks struggle to feed hungry amid surging prices   (AP News)  #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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Weekly News: October 6, 2021

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»   CPS Shortens Quarantine for Students to 10 Days as Testing Struggles ContinueIllinois Offering $1,000 Bonuses To Child Care Workers   (WTTW) » Englewood day care trying to acquire land to help lower costs for new state-of-the-art facility (ABC 7)   » How Other Nations Pay for Child Care. The U.S. Is an Outlier. (The New York Times) » Get a fan and get vaccinated, the CDC says in its safety tips for the holidays   (WBEZ Chicago)  #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Illinois Offering $1,000 Bonuses To Child Care Workers (WBEZ Chicago) » Patients flood emergency rooms at Chicago area children’s hospitals, causing long wait times. Doctors urge parents not to bring kids to ERs unless necessary. (Chicago Tribune)   » Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan includes major help for families with kids (CNBC) » ‘Can’t Compete’: Why Hiring for Child Care Is a Huge Struggle (The New York Times)  #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Pritzker Announces Programs to Provide Child Care, Other Services to Parents Seeking Jobs (5 Chicago)   » Child tax credit 2021: October payment date, opt-out deadlines, IRS portal details (CNET)   » How a Chicago charter school is trying to make sure the kindergarteners are OK (Chalkbeat Chicago) » Lawmakers Push Facebook To Abandon Instagram For Kids, Citing Mental Health ConcernsUnemployment benefits expire for millions of jobless Americans (NPR)  #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Democrats ready $450 billion plan to expand child care, pre-K as broader economic package hits new political snags (Washington Post)   » Young heart transplant recipient gets special surprise from Palos Park first responders (ABC 7)   » Ryan Tova Katz wants kids to see joy and themselves in her murals   (Chicago Sun-Times) » Unemployment benefits expire for millions of jobless Americans (WGN 9)  #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Lessons on childcare, army   (GWN)   » Children's Hospitals Are Pleading For Federal Help As They Run Out Of Beds (WBUR)   » Parents jittery, optimistic as CPS resumes full in-person learning for 1st time in 17 months (Chicago Sun-Times) » New online site launched to help people get child tax credit (AP)  #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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Weekly News: August 25, 2021

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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Moms Describe Preparing For Another Pandemic School Year   (NPR)   » Parents Press To Vaccinate Young Children Now, Pediatricians Say Wait (WBUR)   » High School Students Envision Clean Energy Future for Garfield Park (WTTW) » As Back to School Season Approaches, Research Findings on U.S. “Book Deserts” and Lack of Diverse Books for Children Prompts Response to Education Inequities in Underserved Communities (AP)  #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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Weekly News: August 18, 2021

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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Daycare Is Costly In The U.S. — So Is Biden's Plan To Fix It (NPR)   » One Domestic Worker Wants More Hours, But Reliable Transportation And Child Care Are Still Barriers (WBUR)   » As Schools Reopen, Vaccination Rates Among Teenagers Range From One Extreme To The Other (WBEZ Chicago) » ‘Let them be kids!’ Is ‘free-range’ parenting the key to healthier, happier children? (The Guardian)  #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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Weekly News: August 12, 2021

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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » New Illinois law expands access to family leave (ABC 20)   » Harris to meet with CEOs on child care proposals -White House (Reuters)   » NAEYC Publishes Book on How to Advance Early Education Toward More Equitable Learning Experiences (NAEYC) » Learning foreign languages can affect the processing of music in the brain (Science Daily)  #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Gov. Pritzker Announces $200 Million Investment to Strengthen ECE Workforce (RiverBender.com) » Child Care Shortage Prevents Parents From Returning to Work (ABC 20)   » For Children, Better Data Equals Better Policy (Aspen Ideas  Institute ) » Universal Access to High-Speed Internet Will Make Home-Based Work More Productive (Reuters)  #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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NEW RESEARCH OFFERS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ADDRESSING LEAD IN DRINKING WATER The research was focused on child care providers, since children under the age of six are most at risk to the effects of lead exposure. ILLINOIS – The Lead Free Future report from Elevate and Illinois Action for Children summarizes learnings from the past four years of work supporting the child care community in complying with lead in water testing and mitigation requirements in Illinois. Findings will help inform local and national efforts to address lead in drinking water. Data featured in the report was collected from 2018 to 2019 through surveys, a focus group, and program ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » New Data Reveals Lasting, Intergenerational Benefits of Preschool in Children 50 Years Later (FFYF) » Over a Year after Child-care Centers Reopened, Families Are Still Struggling (CNBC.com)   » Chicago Parents Worry About What’s Next If Preschools Close   (Chalkbeat Chicago) » Rush: Child Tax Credit is the “Biggest” Anti-Poverty Program U.S. Has Undertaken in 50 Years (Chicago Crusader)  #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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IAFC statement on Governor Pritzker signing HB 2878 into law Illinois Action for Children applauds Governor Pritzker for signing House Bill 2878 into law, addressing the unique needs of the early care and education workforce: women, and women of color specifically, who work full-time, have families, and often require flexibility in college course schedules, location, and format. The law, championed by Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas and Representative Katie Stuart, establishes the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity. This coordinated initiative among the state’s two- and four-year higher education institutions seeks to better support our incumbent ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Shorter Hours, No Promotions: How the Pandemic Stalled Some Parents’ Careers (New York Times) » Mental Health Support in Preschool May Help Lower Sky-High Expulsion Rates (The 19th)   » Can Americans Resolve Partisan Divides to Create a National Child Care System?   (PBS Newshour) » More Changes Coming to Chicago Early Learning after Feds Break up Head Start Monopoly  (Chalkbeat)  » Social Scientists Explain How Child Care Insecurity Is Hurting Caregivers Across the US   (Business Insider)   » Lawmakers ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » The Child Tax Credit Is a First Shot at Stability for Some Families (Marketplace) » Job Training, Child Care Could Be ‘Magic Road’ to Single Moms’ Economic Security (PBS Newshour)   » What Is Child Care Insecurity? Two Social Scientists Explain   (The Conversation) » Illinois Is Expelling Fewer Preschoolers. But Programs Still Exclude Young Children. (Chalkbeat)  » Minneapolis Joins Guaranteed Income Experiment Using Federal Aid (CityLab)   » Eligible Low-Income Children Missing Out on Crucial WIC ...
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eAdvocate July Newsletter

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In this Issue In this month’s issue of eAdvocate we share exciting news about legislative updates (including CCAP), celebrate parent work, and provide opportunities to get involved in early childhood advocacy over the summer! Illinois Legislative Updates Throughout this past spring, IAFC shared updates on several exciting pieces of early childhood legislation moving through, and ultimately passed by, the Illinois General Assembly. As of today, most of those bills have been sent to the Governor for his signature. IAFC encourages Governor Pritzker to sign the following bills into law:      • HB 2878 (Stuart, Pacione-Zayas), establishes the Early Childhood ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » IAFC in the News - Pritzker Makes Pandemic Child Care Policy Permanent (WBEZ Reset) » In Illinois, President Biden to Push Money for Families and Child Care (AP)   » Eviction Deadline Looms for Millions of Tenants With Surging Rent Debt   (CityLab) » The Student Loan Debt Crisis Impedes Black Women's Economic Security (CLASP)  » The Pandemic Was Disastrous for ECE—And Both Kids and Adults Are Feeling It (EdSurge)   » The U.S. Once Had Government-Provided Child Care. Where Is It Now?   ( Morning Edition) ...
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Child care is one of the biggest expenses and worries of families in this country. Governor Pritzker is making permanent a pandemic policy of $1 per month child care for families living in poverty. He’s also capping child care costs for families with incomes up to 250 percent above the federal poverty level. WBEZ Reset   examines how this could benefit families and the state’s post-pandemic economic recovery. GUESTS:   Terri Sabol, assistant professor in the School of Education & Social Policy at Northwestern University Teresa Ramos, vice president of public policy and advocacy at Illinois Action for Children Rochelle Golliday, Owner/Executive ...
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Sign up for our weekly newsletter: » Gov. Pritzker Announces Expansion of Assistance for Families Seeking Child Care and Providers (WAND TV) » CPS, Universal Prekindergarten, and Child Care in Chicago (Chicago Tribune)  » 1 in 4 Parents Worries Their Young Child Isn't Reaching Milestones (U.S. News & World Report) » The Expanded Child Tax Credit Could “Cut Poverty in Half” in America (Marketplace)  » D.C. Mayor Has the Money to Pay Off Pandemic Rent Debt  (CityLab)   » Recovery Legislation Could Help End Summer Childhood Hunger   ( CBPP) ...
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( via Chicago Tribune ) Child care centers across Chicago relied on state and federal funding to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic as enrollment plunged. Now, with restrictions lifted and parents returning to work, the need for child care continues to grow. One issue threatening private day cares is that they are losing 4- and 5-year-olds to CPS preschools and being urged to focus on caring for infants and toddlers, but infants are the “most expensive population to serve,” said Ejeh with Illinois Action for Children. Many private child care centers depend on the income from pre-K students to offset the costs of caring for infants, said Beata ...
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