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For Immediate Release: 04.09.22 Contact: Wendy Cullitan , Director of Marketing & Communications, (847) 337-4461 or Michael Kim , Director of Policy, 617-717-7325 ILLINOIS ACTION FOR CHILDREN RESPONDS TO THE ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY FY 2023 BUDGET Chicago … Today, the Illinois General Assembly passed a state budget that included some important investments for early care and education. Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) applauds the increased funding to the Early Childhood Block Grant (10%), Early Intervention (6.4%), and home visiting programs (6%). Advocates had been asking for a 10 percent increase to four early childhood ...
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» Pritzker signs bill creating paid COVID sick leave for all vaccinated school employees (Chalkbeat) » Freedom School Advocates Say $17M Grant Brings Hope for Future Programs (WTTW) » How Women Billionaires Are Changing The Face Of Early Childhood Education And Care – And Philanthropy (Forbes) » Child Tax Credit expansion creates refund roller coaster (Politico) ...
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» What 5 Graphics Tell Us About COVID Vaccine Disparity In Chicago Schools (Block Club Chicago) » Focusing on rural Illinois, law enforcement calls for stronger early childhood services (WMBD News) » Seen in school: How COVID shaped two years of education (Chalkbeat) » Biden proposes massive hikes in education spending (Washington Post) ...
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» Chicago Elementary School Brings Back Mask Requirement Due to COVID Breakout (NBC Chicago) » An Illinois bill blocking testing for early learners clears committee (Chalkbeat) » Pressure Mounts on Congress to Address Early Education (U.S. News) » Moderna says low-dose COVID shots for kids under 6 are safe and effective (PBS) ...
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» The great mask debate continues on CPS’s first mask optional day (WBEZ) » Letters: Vaccinating children against COVID-19 is paramount for their protection (Chicago Tribune) » Child Tax Credit: White House Shares the Impact in Each State (Yahoo! Finance) » Congress is increasing childcare funding by nearly $585 million—but it won’t fix the ‘sweeping, systemic problems’ (Fortune) ...
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» The majority of students at most Chicago schools are unvaccinated as CPS plans to lift mask mandate (WBEZ) » How Chicago mothers and grandmothers are changing policy through collective action (Brookings Institute) » Kate Zinsser: It’s time for Congress to fix our broken child care system (Chicago Tribune) » Chicago aims to double down on vaccination efforts for schools with low uptake (Chalkbeat) ...
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» CPS Reminds Parents That Mask Mandate Remains in Effect for Students, Teachers (NBC Chicago) » Mask Mandates and Vaccine Requirement End, Signaling New Phase of COVID-19 Pandemic in Chicago (WTTW ) » Illinois will no longer require masks in child care centers, but sites can set own rules (Chalkbeat) » Americans are eager for more monthly child tax credit checks. Future payments could come with work requirements (CNBC) ...
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» Chicago COVID Mask Mandate: When It Will End, and What We Know as Mitigations Roll Back (NBC 5 Chicago) » In Chicago, free college for 4,000 students and their parents: ‘This means so much’ (Chalkbeat Chicago) » Why Are Colleges Hesitant to Train More Early Childhood Educators? (EdSurge) » For low-income parents, no day care often means no pay (Philadelphia Inquirer) #News ...
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This blog was originally published on Feb. 15, 2021. We thought that this blog is worth a repost. To celebrate and commemorate this year's Black History Month, we will be highlighting 10 African American pioneers in the field of early childhood education and advocacy. These men and women devoted their lives to fighting for better quality education for young children, especially African American children. From the field of childhood psychology to policy advocacy to pioneering new teaching methods, these individuals have made their marks over the course of more than a century. By showcasing these 10 individuals, we're telling just a small part of the story ...
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» Chicago’s Not On Track To End Mask, Vaccine Card Mandates When State Does — But It Might Cut Them Short Anyway (Block Club Chicago) » Chicago sees COVID cases drop by 60% in schools, health officials say (Chalkbeat Chicago) » Jill Biden Says Free Community College Off Table for Build Back Better Bill (Wall Street Journal) » Op-Ed: America’s approach to early childhood education is completely unsustainable (Los Angeles Times) ...
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» Gov. J.B. Pritzker will lift indoor mask mandate by Feb. 28, but rules will remain in place for schools (Chicago Tribune) » CPS Still Requiring Masks At Schools As Legal Battle Rages (Block Club Chicago) » Now more than ever, families everywhere need free preschool (Chicago Sun-Times) » Education Secretary Miguel Cardona says 'kids can't suffer anymore' after tumultuous year (CNN) #News #newsletter #We ...
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GOVERNOR CONTINUES INVESTMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD IN PROPOSED BUDGET Chicago – “ Illinois…the state of our great state is STRONG…unbreakable…and enduring,” Governor JB Pritzker emphatically exclaimed during his State of the State and Budget Address delivered at the Capitol on Wednesday. Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) applauds Governor Pritzker’s commitment to making Illinois a leading state for families with young children – from supporting the Child Care Restoration and Strengthen and Grow grants to expanding the Child Care Assistance Program, which allows families seeking work or school to access three months of childcare services ...
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» Chicago Mask, Vaccine Card Mandates Could Be Gone ‘Quite Soon’ As Omicron Cases Drop, Top Doc Says (Block Club Chicago) » Gov. Pritzker highlights tax relief, state surplus, balanced budget plan, COVID-19 success in State of the State address (WQAD) » Is a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on the way for Chicago Public Schools students? ‘We need to keep talking about this,’ Board of Ed member says (Chicago Tribune) » Pritzker proposes 5.4% increase to education funding in 2023 budget (Chalkbeat) ...
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» Chicago Public Schools Shortens Quarantine To 5 Days Starting Feb. 1 (Block Club Chicago) » Gov. J.B. Pritzker Announces Compromise on Paid Leave For Vaccinated School Employees (WTTW) » Early Learning Programs Are Key To Labor Market Participation And A Stronger U.S. Economy (Forbes) » A pediatrician's advice to parents of kids under 5 on omicron, travel and day care (NPR) #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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» CPS to Adopt Shortened COVID-19 Isolation Time (WTTW) » Illinois school staffing shortages could persist for years, a new report finds (Chalkbeat) » Cook County Health reopens mass vaccination site in Forest Park (Chicago Sun-Times) » Without child tax credit payments, January child poverty rate could increase up to 17 percent (The Hill) #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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» Chicago students return to school after a tentative deal between teachers and the city. But concerns about Covid-19 remain. (CNN) » Changes to Expect as Chicago Public Schools Students Return to Class (NBC Chicago) » Cook County health officials amend new COVID vaccine mandate, allowing some exemptions (ABC 7 Chicago) » Everything You Need to Know About Universal Pre-K in Illinois (Chicago Parent) #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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» COVID vaccine proof in Chicago, Cook County for bars, restaurants and indoor venues takes effect (ABC 7 Chicago) » FDA authorizes Covid vaccine boosters for children 12-15 (NBC News) » Illinois wants parents, educators in the early learning conversation. Advocates say that is long overdue. (Chalkbeat) » Expanding into Early Childhood Is Good for Edtech Companies. Is It Good for Kids? (EdSurge) #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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» Pritzker announces $300 million in relief grants for Illinois childcare providers (WGN 9) » Pfizer could have vaccine data for kids under age 5 by year-end, CEO says (NBC News) » Let’s support COVID vaccination efforts for children and families (Chicago Sun-Times) » Fun Family activities to countdown to Christmas (WGN 9) #News #newsletter #WeeklyNewsletter
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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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