We are a stronger Illinois when we invest in strong families, communities, and local economies. By highlighting the stories of real Illinoisans, a new series of reports from the Fiscal Policy Center shows that our state creates a brighter future when we make critical public investments. The series also estimates how programs and the communities they serve would be impacted by the pending loss of billions of dollars in revenue.
Math is all around us, and research suggests that children understand math concepts even before they can speak. Not only are they “born learning,” but they are also born learning math. A new report from Voices and the CME Group Foundation highlights early math initiatives in Illinois and makes recommendations to expand these initiatives so that every young child has the chance to explore early mathematics.
Breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty requires a coordinated set of efforts that address the needs of the whole family, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s new KIDS COUNT® report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. A “two-generation” approach seeks to create opportunities for low-income families by simultaneously equipping parents and kids with the tools they need to thrive while removing the obstacles in their way.