Upcoming Opportunities

Finding and Enrolling Highest Need Children in Early Childhood Programs

On Tuesday, October 31st from 12pm-1pm, Leah Pouw, Community Systems Director with Illinois Action for Children, will facilitate a webinar that is designed for early childhood leaders and community partners. Parent educators, ERSEA specialists, and others in charge of outreach and enrollment are eager to connect the most vulnerable children to early learning programs. In this webinar, participants will learn about one strategy, tried by many Early Childhood Innovation Zones. This will be an interactive session with activities designed to help you hear from your colleagues around the state. infant and early childhood mental health, ways to address it within programs, resources, as well as statewide initiatives focused on the issue.

Interested in joining the conversation? RSVP here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/11703585694397441

Leah Cunningham Pouw is a systems change strategist who works with leaders in schools and communities to solve complex problems using innovation and design thinking. After working for nearly two decades in communications and government relations, Leah knows that communities are strongest when working together to co-create solutions for an improved future for children and families. 
Leah oversaw the work of Early Childhood Innovation Zones, 11 learning laboratories funded by the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant. The project saw a 12% increase in enrollment of very high need children in high quality early learning and development programs. Leah has also strengthened local community leadership to reduce domestic violence for the NYC Mayor’s office, increased participation in nationwide health and well-being campaigns for YMCAs, and successfully advocated for systems change at the state and municipal level in early care and education policy.
Leah is trained in the ToP Facilitation Method, the ABLe Change Framework, and Fogg Behavior Model. Leah holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, a Bachelor’s Degree in American History, History of Culture, and Rhetoric, Politics and Social Change from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

For more information contact: Edna Navarro-Vidaurre, Assistant Director Community Systems Development
e.n.vidaurre@actforchildren.org or 773-564-8874.