Quarterly Enewsletter                                                                                                                         August 2016
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE : Membership renewal for the '16- '17 year is underway. If you have not renewed your membership please download and complete the membership form today.  Questions or concerns contact- Email Arnita Hodge: 
 "Cast your vote — the playpen versus the state pen."
Members of the Early Childhood Community Coalition of Lake County shared a great brunch and lively conversations at the Coalition's Annual Meeting on June 9. Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim spoke to the group, urging society to support early childhood education and child care in order to help kids get on the right track, toward school success rather than a life of missed learning and troubling involvement in the justice system. He explained that investment in supporting children's early learning literally can keep many kids from drifting toward a future of trouble with the law. The State's Attorney noted that many police chiefs and other experts support state action to contribute toward paying lower costs supporting young children and their families and care givers, rather than paying much higher costs later if those children don't learn and, as young adults, need expensive services including those of the justice system, the welfare system, and others. 

 Also at the Annual Meeting, State Senator Julie Morrison informed the Coalition that she was seeking support for an Illinois Senate bill to restore funding for programs to support citizens using child care and other services. Both Senator Morrison and State's Attorney Nerheim acknowledged that they were speaking to an audience sympathetic to their points. At the brunch/meeting, the Coalition also wished a Happy Birthday to founding member Pat Goodman, still active in advocacy for high quality early learning programs a quarter century after her retirement from her full-time career in the field.

Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim  (center) with  Roycealee J. Wood (left) and Pat Goodman (right).
Carol Sternal (center) with Dr. Sam Solomon (left) and Charlene Ackerman (right). 

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

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. 
ExceleRate Illinois
Two ECCC Board Members recently received Gold Circle of Quality from ExceleRate Illinois.   ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality recognition and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers.  
Congratulations, Vertina Charles!  
Vertina is the first Home Provider in Lake County to receive Gold Circle Quality. 
Congratulations, Arnita Hodge!
Arnita is the Center Director of Paul K. Kennedy Child Care Center in North Chicago.