and  ECCC co-hosted
August 25 Forum

"If Illinois invests further in pre-kindergarten now, we can save over $900 million."
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. 

The Early Childhood Community Coalition of Lake County and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois invited leaders in Lake County to an Early Childhood Roundtable and volunteer event on Thursday, August 25, at Bernie's Book Bank. State legislators, Lake County officials, law enforcement leaders, and preschool educators from the Coalition engaged — over breakfast — in a forum on local early childhood initiatives. Afterwards, the group volunteered for Bernie's Book Bank,   a Lake County non-profit institution that distributes millions of books to at-risk children. 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois is an organization of more than 300 Illinois police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and crime survivors dedicated to preventing crimes and violence. Its Co-Chair, Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim, is a strong advocate for early childhood learning.