CNE, Junior League Evanston-North Shore partner to support most vulnerable children in the Northern Suburbs
As government support for social services decreases, collaboration among community entities must increase so that the children and families of the northern suburbs in most need are not left behind.
That’s exactly the action Junior League of Evanston-North Shore and Childcare Network of Evanston have taken in a year-long collaboration to support and expand CNE’s Learning Together program. The Learning Together program exists under the umbrella of CNE’s early learning and family support services to address the needs of children experiencing developmental delays through specialized play therapy, social work, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy.
Junior League of Evanston-North Shore supported this initiative with a grant of $500, allowing CNE to streamline care in 6 early child care centers. This process included bringing expert consultants in to child care classrooms at no cost to families, providing cost-free trainings open to all child care workers, and empowering parents and families with the tools and support needed to equip their children for continued success in school and in life.
Throughout 2014-2015, Learning Together supported 127 children at North Suburban early child care centers, as well as their teachers and families. Children in need of interventions were identified by teachers or parents and confirmed by a professional for participation in the program.
Children who do not receive CNE’s Learning Together program interventions are at an increased risk for expulsion from child care centers because the centers often do not have the staffing power to address the needs of service-eligible children. CNE is pleased to report that 95% of children receiving interventions during this grant period remained in their child care centers, creating continuity of care vital for childhood development. The remaining children were helped by CNE to find preschool programs that were better able to meet their needs.
These services would not have been possible without funding from the Junior League Evanston-North Shore.
The 6 child care centers impacted by the services were Child Care Center of Evanston, Reba Early Learning Center (Evanston), Total Child Preschool and Child Care (Evanston), Robert Crown Center (Evanston), and Swift Child Care (Skokie).