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Chicago Commons launches Family Hub program

At first glance, it might appear to be a typical school day outside on the playground at Chicago Commons Paolo Freire Center (PFC) in Back of the Yards. But what the students experience that day- anything from seeing a rainbow to touring a local elementary school- can potentially shape school lessons and projects. “The kids […]

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New funding allocated toward early childhood education programs

New federal and state support for early childhood was announced recently, but more needs to be done to ensure equitable distribution of resources, particularly concerning Latino communities, said Cristina Pacione-Zayas education director of the Latino Policy Forum. Particularly notable was the exclusion of Brighton Park from the second round of the state‘s early childhood construction […]

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State legislators leave local agencies in funding limbo

  The budget passed May 31 by the Illinois General Assembly “just pushes many budget decisions down the road,” said Martin Torres, policy director of the Latino Policy Forum. Unable to pass an extension of the current income tax rate — or a budget reflecting the $2 billion revenue loss that comes with allowing income […]