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Thursday August 28, 2014

Pilsen Alliance joins Karen Lewis on the Bright Future campaign for universal early childhood education and childcare

Pilsen Alliance members joined CTU President Karen Lewis, community groups and parents at the Board of Education meeting yesterday morning to launch the campaign for universal early childhood education and childcare. 

The Bright Future Chicago: Where Kids and Parents Come First is a response to the hardship inflicted upon the city’s working families who are unable to access affordable child care and early education for their children.

Pilsen Alliance has joined this campaign alongside other parents, Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Brighton Park Neighborhod Council, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Chicao Teachers Union and SEIU Healthcare Illinois.

The campaign press release sheds some light on the issue, “While the mayor claims to be expanding access to preschool, the reality is that a majority of children and parents lack accessible, affordable, quality care and early education. Over the past two academic years, the number of Chicago children enrolled in preschool has dropped by more than 1,000 students.”

At the event that morning one of our members, Byron Sigcho was mentioned in an article by La Raza, a Spanish-language newspaper:

Byron Sigcho emphasizes that we need to invest in public education. "We are asking Mayor Rahm Emanuel that one of his priorities be early education". "Research shows that early education is one of the fundamental tools for children to come to school prepared."

For Bright Future article click below:
http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2014/08/27/karen-lewis-chicago-community-groups-launch-new-education-campaign

For La Raza article click below:
http://www.laraza.com/Proponen_que_se_adopte_un_sistema_preescolar_universal