Chicago Early Childhood Employers Ready to Implement New State Education Bill

Onward Neighborhood House joins a new employer-led early childhood education workforce partnership addressing teacher shortage, increasing educator diversity and compensation, and creating better career pathways. 

The newly formed employer-led workforce collaborative, Chicago Early Childhood Workforce Partnership, has announced its support of the recently passed education component of the Black Caucus’ omnibus bill. 

“As early childhood employers in Chicago, we stand behind the Illinois Black Caucus who championed legislation that seeks to solve the inequities in our early childhood education system,” said a spokesperson for the workforce partnership. “The legislation aligns with our 2021 Action Agenda of increasing compensation for early childhood educators, creating better pathways for existing high-quality teachers to meet degree requirements, and generating a new pipeline of early childhood educators. We look forward to collaborating with the State and local partners to bring this legislation to life for our Chicago communities.” 

The Chicago Early Childhood Workforce Partnership is a group of 18 early childhood  employers who seek to build the best early childhood workforce in the US–marked by high-quality, diversity and equity. Based on the group’s research effort produced by Bellwether Education Partners, it is clear more than ever that high-quality early childhood services benefit children, families, and the broader economy. The research also highlighted a need in Chicago for 3,000 new educators as well as “upskilling” of 1,000 existing educators whose current roles now have higher degree/credential requirements by 2024.

Members of the Chicago Early Childhood Workforce Partnership include:

Co-Chairs

Anita Andrews-Hutchinson, Chief Operating Officer at It Takes A Village Family of Schools

Bela Moté, Chief Executive Officer at Carole Robertson Center for Learning

Bryan Stokes II, Chief, Early Childhood Education at Chicago Public Schools

Leslie McKinily, Deputy Chief, Early Childhood Education at Chicago Public Schools

Christina Krasov, Chicago Early Childhood Workforce Partnership Convener

ADA S MCKINLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES INC

ASIAN HUMAN SERVICES

CHICAGO COMMONS ASSOCIATION

CHILDREN’S HOME & AID SOCIETY OF ILLINOIS

CHRISTOPHER HOUSE

CONCORDIA PLACE

EL HOGAR DEL NINO

EL VALOR CORPORATION

ERIE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

EYES ON THE FUTURE CHILD CARE

GADS HILL CENTER

HANA EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

MARILLAC ST. VINCENT FAMILY SERVICES INC

METROPOLITAN FAMILY SERVICES

ONWARD NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

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About Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance:

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