Chicago, IL—(ENEWSPF)–January 20, 2018
By: Mallie Hall
In the spirit of the African American women who took the reins to bolster voter turnout in Alabama, turning a red senatorial seat blue; African American business women in child care are coming together to garner an understanding of each gubernatorial candidates’ platforms as it relates to early childhood education.
Members of Child Care Advocates United (CCAU), a group of predominantly African-American child care providers located in and around the Chicagoland area, will come together in a series of individual gubernatorial candidate forums in January and February before the primary elections. The coalition of over one hundred businesses who initially came together because of the budget and eligibility crisis in 2015 are switching gears from crisis alleviation to agenda proliferation. Previously, the goal of collaborative efforts was to influence the restoration of funding for the Child Care Assistance Program and reinstatement of family eligibility to 185% for that program. Now, this coalition of women will be taking the driver’s seat to educate its constituents to ensure they elect the candidate that will promote an agenda for the betterment of child care in Illinois.
The opportunity to possibly reach thousands of voting adults in Illinois is being taken very seriously by these women. This forum, a meet & greet, will allow the gubernatorial candidates an opportunity to express their thoughts and intent concerning early childhood education in Illinois. Each forum will consist of the candidate speaking separately with a small group of child care providers on different dates. It is an intimate affair that will offer each candidate, individually, the opportunity to express his or her views on how child care and early childhood education should be implemented in Illinois.
Invitations have been accepted by candidates Tio Hardiman, Daniel Biss, and Christopher Kennedy. Forums are currently scheduled as follows:
Tio Hardiman: Monday, January 22nd
Daniel Biss: Monday, February 12th
Christopher Kennedy: Monday, February 19th
Additional dates for other candidates will be published when available.
All forums will be held at West Austin Development Center, 4920 W. Madison Avenue in Chicago from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. During the forum, questions from these small business owners in child care will be posed to each candidate and these business women are eager to hear their responses.
Additional information about the forums or Child Care Advocates United can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/CCAUIllinois/