A Night to Shine is Illinois Action for Children’s premier event, convening early education leaders, partners and donors. The funds raised support our work with families, educators and advocates who want all young children-particularly those in poverty-to have access to quality early care and education that leads to success in school and in life.
Annually, Illinois Action for Children recognizes businesses, foundations and individuals who contribute significantly to improving the lives of young children and working families. This year the Sylvia Cotton Founder’s Award will be presented to a single honoree who exemplifies Sylvia’s dedication and passion for advocating on behalf of working families, ensuring that care and education of children is a priority. Sylvia dedicated her life to creating a society that recognizes and respects diversity of race, creed, religion and national origin and affords individuals equality of opportunity. She also possessed a deep understanding of principles of justice and equality that our nation and country were founded on.
In celebration of Sylvia’s spirit, we are excited to honor Barbara Bowman with the 2016 Sylvia Cotton Founders Award.
Sylvia Cotton Founder’s Award
Barbara Bowman is one of three faculty founders of Erikson Institute and is currently the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development. Barbara served as president of the Institute from 1994 to 2001. She is an authority on early education, a national advocate for improved and expanded training for practitioners who teach and care for young children, and a pioneer in building knowledge and understanding of the issues of access and equity for minority children.
Special Award Presentation by Valerie Jarrett
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When arriving at the event, please enter at the Plymouth Court Entrance!