Posts By Jacob Vigil

Babies and toddlers are on a roll! 
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Our children have been scoring some exciting victories in federal policy, not to mention in Illinois and other states. 

While the recent attention and resources directed toward infants and toddlers may be unprecedented, the Latino Policy Forum and its early childhood partners have long known that supporting the learning and development of our youngest children is one of the best bets when it comes to strengthening educational outcomes.

In a report released last fall, Primeros Pasos: Strengthening Programs that Support Illinois Infants and Toddlers, the Forum made a clear case for the importance of the early years, specifically from birth-to-three.

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Posted In: Access & Resources, Educators, Education

For those of us in the early childhood field, it is a familiar scene: preschool classrooms with large numbers—even majorities—of children of color.  Increasingly the norm in Illinois’ cities and suburbs, these classrooms are a snapshot of the nation’s demographic future. 

The trends fueling the growing diversity of the early childhood population have shown little sign of stopping, as newly released Census data vividly reveal. Children of color now make up half of all children age five and under for the first time in U.S. history.  And the growth isn’t slowing: Government data predict that in the next five years, the “half-and-half” statistic for of color/White children will hold true for all young people under age 18. While the... Continue Reading

Posted In: Education, Infant & Toddler Services , Preschool

Want to improve higher education outcomes? Invest early.

Early childhood education professionals and advocates can easily spend hours discussing the linkages between strong foundations in early education and strong outcomes in higher education–but we asked them to keep it to just an hour on May 1. That was the date of the College Board’s annual Prepárate Conference and the Latino Policy Forum’s workshop around early childhood education’s role in boosting academic success later in life.

Prepárate drew education leaders and professionals from across the country to Chicago for a two-day discussion around solutions and best practices for fostering Latino students’ academic success. The Latino Policy Forum wanted to ensure that early education received its due at the conference, and... Continue Reading

Posted In: Infant & Toddler Services , Education
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