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A big thanks to all of our Host Committee Members and Co-Chairs for supporting the Latinos of the Move policy breakfast, featuring Mayor Julián Castro. We truly appreciate all of your apoyo

Committee Co-Chairs

Clare Muñana, Ancara Associates
Martin Castro, Casro Synergies, LLC

Honorary Co-Chairs 

Hon. Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago
Hon. Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois 

Host Committee Members

Assistant Majority Leader Edward J. Acevedo, Illinois General Assembly 
Ellen Alberding, The Joyce Foundation
Representative Jaime Andrade, Illinois General Assembly
Representative Luis Arroyo, Illinois General Assembly
Mary Sue Barrett, Metropolitan Planning Council
Representative Maria (Toni) Berrios, Illinois General Assembly
John Bentacur*, University of Illinois at Chicago
John Bouman, Sargeant Shriver National Law Center... Continue Reading

Posted In: Education

Wednesday, August 28 marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famously inspiring “I Have a Dream,” speech bellowed from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of 200,000-plus who had gathered for 1963’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In those early days, the struggle for racial justice supported by many communities, but focused on the African American struggle that trail blazed the way for the changes that were about to shock the nation.

The civil rights campaigns evolved into a global movement, creating opportunities for marginalized and oppressed people from all sectors of society—American Indians, Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos, LGBT people, women, etc.—to unite... Continue Reading

Posted In: Leadership

We at the Latino Policy Forum congratulate the Illinois Early Childhood Fellowship on its third cohort of distinguished Fellows. As one of the program’s original host organizations, the Latino Policy Forum is proud to announce welcome our new Illinois Early Childhood Fellow, Christine Nicpon.

The Fellowship, founded in 2008, is making a long-term investment in the field of early childhood. The ultimate impact of the Fellowship is clear: by recruiting (diverse) emerging leaders (of color )to the field of early childhood in Illinois, the program establishes a talent pipeline that will address the need for  leaders who reflect the communities they serve, especially as the state’s zero-to-eight population is in the process... Continue Reading

Posted In: Education, Leadership, Strengthening Leadership

Nearly 50 Chicago-area parents and advocates trekked to Springfield to participate in the Latino Policy Forum’s Early Childhood Education Advocacy Day on April 30. Representing El Hogar del Niño, Christopher House, Erie Neighborhood House, Gads Hill Center, Family Focus Nuestra Familia, El Valor, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Through a Child’s Eyes, and the Carole Robertson Center, they traveled three hours down to the state capitol to ask legislators to protect and restore funding for early childhood education and child care programs.

Parents were prepped for the visit. An April 25 training coordinated by the Latino Policy Forum at El Valor’s Little Village location... Continue Reading

Posted In: Education, Preschool

On April 30, the Latino Policy Forum traveled with nearly 50 Chicago-area parents to Springfield to urge legislators to protect and restore funding for early education and childcare. Two mothers shared their experiences with us.

El 30 de abril, el Latino Policy Forum viajó con casi 50 padres a Springfield para abogar que los legisladores protegieran y restauraran los fondos para la educación prescolar. Al siguiente, dos madres nos contaron sus experiencias.


Madre El Valor, Pilsen from Latino Policy Forum on Vimeo.

Madre El Valor, La Villita from Latino Policy Forum on Vimeo.

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Posted In: Education, Infant & Toddler Services , Preschool, Parent Engagement
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