Children are born with the same potential to become successful learners. Beginning at one year of age, however, significant deficits begin to show in children from high-risk environments. Research shows there is no single investment that can break the cycle of poverty more effectively than a high-quality early childhood education. Children who have access to high-quality early childhood education are academically and socially more successful in school. The Child Care Assistance Program is a cornerstone of Illinois early childhood system, providing low-income parents with access to affordable child care while they work or go to school.
Panelists will include: David Lloyd, Director of Fiscal Policy, Voices for Illinois Children; Nancy Ronquillo, President and CEO of Children's Home and Aid Society; and a parent of children at Children's Home and Aid Jerri Hoffmann Child and Family Center. Our panelists will be introduced by former State Representative Kathleen Ryg.