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Advocacy in Action

Delivering Head Start / Early Head Start messages face to face in WASHINGTON, D.C.

2023 Fall Leadership Institute - our Illinois contingent making Hill Visits and bringing a strong voice to Congress!

FEDERAL LEVEL: your Congressional Members are listening!

"I am excited to tell you that we had a visit today with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL District #14). We spoke with her regarding the importance of Head Start in Will County, Illinois and the devastating effects proposed cuts would have on the program if passed by congress. Congresswoman Underwood appreciated hearing our concerns. She toured the facility and asked questions regarding programs offered for children and their families. I felt very good about her visit, and she expressed appreciation for the work that we are doing on behalf of children and families."  - Kathy Fudge-White, Director of Early Childhood Services / Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet 
(Pictured with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood)
Also pictured with Congresswoman Underwood (clockwise, below) is: 
Ryan Johnson, Senior Site Supervisor / Felman Head Start Center, and Angie Lee, Assistant Director, Early Childhood Services and Vinita Voss, District Director for Rep. Underwood 


STATE LEVEL: we are on-site in districts with our General Assembly Officials!


Enjoying the final days of summer with constituents of the 16th District during the End of Summer Bash: 
State Senator Willie Preston and IHSA Parent Ambassador Mykela Collins! 

IL State Majority Leader / State Rep Robyn Gabel visited a Childcare Network of Evanston Head Start partner site - Swift Child Care Early Childhood Centers in Skokie and met students, wonderful staff and excellent leadership!  (Pictured with Rep. Gabel is Sam Detch, Site Director, and her Chief of Staff Diane Goldring ). 

It's great advocacy to invite your official representatives to take time and visit your program sites.  Reach out and invite them to learn more about Head Start and Early Head Start -- & then send us your photos!