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I hosted a legislative session wrap-up town hall on June 22, 2021. In case you weren’t able to tune in, below are a list of resources on the topics discussed, who spoke and how you can contact them, as well as a recording of the event.

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Category: Events

CHICAGO – State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas released the following statement on Friday’s sentencing of Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in April for the murder of George Floyd, to 22.5 years: 

“Today, my heart goes out to family of George Floyd who were forced to witness his murder and will have to live without their loved one for their remaining years. While some may interpret the sentencing as a form of justice, let’s not forget that true justice would mean that George Floyd would still be alive today. 

“The law enforcement system too often produces outcomes that result in the systematic harm inflicted on Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities. While the court system has returned a verdict and sentence that is rarely applied to police, we still have much work ahead with addressing the root causes of police inflicted violence.” 

Category: Press Releases

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EVANSTON - The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston will be hosting an Early Childhood Champion Award Ceremony on Thursday, June 24th from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to honor its amazing staff and celebrate 50 years of their Baby Toddler center as the first licensed infant and toddler facility in the state of Illinois. State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D- Chicago) will speak on her work in early childhood policy and recent legislation as well as be presented with an Early Childhood Champion Award.

“I am so excited and honored to be speaking at this event recognizing the hardworking teachers and caretakers at the IWSE Baby Toddler center,” said Pacione-Zayas, who has been a longtime advocate for early childhood education and support. “The past year was incredibly challenging for kids and teachers alike, and those at IWSE have continued to create a welcoming, supportive environment for families in the community.”

The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston runs two full-day, NAEYC accredited child care and early education facilities — Baby Toddler Nursery and Teen Baby Nursery — and provides comprehensive parenting support and education through our Family Support Program. Their centers keep class sizes small, encourage family participation, and celebrate each child’s uniqueness and individuality.

Besides serving as state senator for Illinois’ 20th district, Pacione-Zayas serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Erikson Institute with a demonstrated history of effectively working in schools as well as community and advocacy organizations where she utilizes her skills in Early Childhood Policy, Family Engagement, Policy Analysis, Latinx Studies, Political Strategy, Restorative Justice, and Education Policy.

“As the first licensed infant and toddler center in Illinois, ISWE has a long legacy of offering services to children, parents, and parents-to-be,” Pacione-Zayas said. “I look forward to continuing my work to secure organizations like ISWE the resources they need.”

In addition to Senator Pacione-Zayas, other speakers will include: IWSE Board Chair Robert Jones, Executive Director Stephen Vick, and Baby Toddler Nursery Site Director Pamela Staples. They will share the history, current impact, and vision for the future that the IWSE and Baby Toddler Nursery have for our youngest learners in the Evanston, Skokie and Morton Grove Communities.

A light breakfast, coffee and refreshments will be provided at 9:45am and the program will begin at 10:00am. The event will take place in the back play area of the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (2200 Main Street · Evanston, IL 60202), parking is available in the front lot and on Main Street.

RSVP to the event by Wednesday, June 23 at midnight here.

Category: Press Releases

I will be hosting a town hall on June 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Facebook Live. Visit my Facebook page here to attend.

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Springfield Office:
M120 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
 
District Office:
3140 W. Montrose
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020