EPEL Partners,

March and April are critical months for the future of our community. Once every 10 years the Constitution requires every person to be counted-adults, children, babies, citizens, immigrants, or visitors. We observe the Census Day on April 1st. Approximately 10% of children in our community were undercounted in 2010, and they are our future. If they aren't counted this year then they don't count for the next ten years missing their entire childhood. At the end of March, every home will receive a notice to complete the Census online, on the phone, or by mail. It is essential that you, as partners, help our community understand the importance of the Census, so we get an accurate count of not only our adults but some of our most precious assets, our children. To have our children ready for Kindergarten, we need to make sure the resources they need are provided by having all kid’s counted.

States use census data to allocate federal funding for our children:

  • Health insurance programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance program
  • Education programs like Title I funding to schools in low-income communities and special education funding for children with disabilities
  • Programs that keep children safe, like foster care
  • Nutrition programs like WIC, Lunch Programs for Children
  • Child care development programs by helping pay for quality child care

As partners let's educate, support and help our community get an accurate count of our earliest learners and their families.

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." Thank you for being a part of the team to work toward all children in our community being supported and ready for Kindergarten.

Together We Can!
EPEL Collaboration Meeting, Friday April 3rd
Welcome Rodrigo Lopez
EPEL Executive Board

Welcome Rodrigo Lopez, Assistant Dean of School Partnerships, Elgin Community College to the EPEL Executive Board. We appreciate your time and the expertise that you will bring to our board.
because our children are
"NO SMALL MATTER." Invite coming soon!
Thank You Kiwanis of Elgin
For almost 100 years, Kiwanis of Elgin has been serving local youth. EPEL is proud to be a recipient of one of the Kiwanis Benevolence grants to serve the children of this community. Thank you Kiwanis Club and everyone that supports their mission so they are able to provide these opportunities for local organizations.
(Pictured is EPEL Executive Board Member, Dr. Jennifer Schening with other Elgin organizations and Kiwanis Members)
It Takes A Village Lessons Learned from
Collective Impact

Executive Director, Amber Peters, presented with early childhood collaboration leaders, Trish Rooney from SPARK Aurora and Janice Moenster from East St. Louis
EPEL presented with Nancy Coleman, Alignment Collaborative for Education and Dr. Mary Perkins, Elgin Community College on Value-Driven Stakeholder Engagement and Coalition Building.
Elgin Partnership for Early Learning | Website