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“White privilege works by making the advantages white people have invisible while making the supposedly 'poor' choices of people of color hyper visible.”- Brittney Cooper , Author Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) Save-the-Date! The annual Partner Plan Act Conference, Equity from the Start: Overcoming Obstacles, Leveraging Opportunities , will take place virtually from May 16-18, 2023. Registration will open in the Spring 2023. Check out the www.partnerplanact.org website for more updates. Is your community making efforts towards creating a more equitable ECEC system? We want to hear from you! Please consider ...
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“ You have to get over the fear of facing the worst in yourself. You should instead fear unexamined racism. Fear the thought that right now, you could be contributing to the oppression of others, and you don't know it. But do not fear those who bring that oppression to light. Do not fear the opportunity to do better. "– Ijeoma Oluo Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3)    Thank you to those who submitted your votes for the dates for this year’s Partner Plan Act Conference! The CS3 team is excited to announce the annual Partner Plan Act conference will take place virtually on May 16-18, 2023. This year’s conference theme is Equity ...
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“ Indeed, all the great movements for social justice in our society have strongly emphasized a love ethic .” – bell hooks Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) We are hiring!   The CS3 team is pleased to announce that there are two open positions available within the team to be filled ASAP- Assistant Director and Program Manager of Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) .   The Program Manager will provide leadership in the logistics and implementation of key work related to community systems projects. IAFC is searching for an experienced, reliable, and task-oriented individual to ensure administrative systems ...
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“Our movements themselves have to be healing, or there's no point to them.” – Cara Page Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) Registration is now live for the annual Partner Plan Act conference! Find more details below or click here to register and learn more . For the first time, the full conference will be translated into Spanish. In addition, the conference is: free to attend Gateway Registry-approved ISBE Professional Development hours-approved. Help us spread the word by reaching out to Kristina Rogers , who can provide you with a marketing toolkit. The CS3 team also recently published the 2022 Collaboration Directory ...
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“ Yes, think about yourself, reflect on your practice, okay. But then you need to test it in the world; you’ve got to be with people. That’s important." – Mariame Kaba Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) Planning for the 2023 Partner Plan Act conference is already underway! This year, the CS3 team is reimagining the advisory committee’s role in the planning process. We hope to share decision-making power among advisory committee members. If you are interested in getting involved or have questions about the committee, please reach out to partnerplanact@actforchildren.org or Kristen Garcia at kristen.garcia@actforchildren.org ...
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"None of us shows up as a blank slate to anything." -Priya Parker Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) The fifth cohort of the Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute launched on July 14, 2022. We are pleased to announce this year’s participating communities: Early Childhood Forum of Central Illinois Jewish Early Childhood Collaborative St. Charles Early Learning Partnership Congratulations! We are so excited to work alongside you to improve outcomes for children and families. Did you miss the deadline to participate in this year’s Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute? No worries! Consider ...
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"Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another." -Desmond Tutu Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) The fifth cohort of the Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute launches in July 2022. Communities can apply as teams to receive coaching, consultation, and training over the course of a year from our CS3 coaches and trainers. Deepen your collective and individual knowledge on community systems, systems building, and systems change by participating in this free and unique opportunity! To apply and learn more, visit the Partner Plan Act website . You can also download ...
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"The systems make us hard. Rest keeps us tender. There is power in our collective rest and care." -The Nap Ministry Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) The fifth cohort of the Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute launches in July 2022. Communities can apply as teams to receive coaching, consultation, and training over the course of a year from our CS3 coaches and trainers. Deepen your collective and individual knowledge on community systems, systems building, and systems change by participating in this free and unique opportunity! To apply and learn more, visit the Partner Plan Act website. You can also download the Application Description ...
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"The systems make us hard. Rest keeps us tender. There is power in our collective rest and care." – The Nap Ministry Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) The fifth cohort of the Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute launches in July 2022. Communities can apply as teams to receive coaching, consultation, and training over the course of a year from our CS3 coaches and trainers. Deepen your collective and individual knowledge on community systems, systems building, and systems change by participating in this free and unique opportunity! To apply and learn more, visit the Partner Plan Act website. You can also download the Application Description ...
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"The systems make us hard. Rest keeps us tender. There is power in our collective rest and care." – The Nap Ministry Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) The fifth cohort of the Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute launches in July 2022. Communities can apply as teams to receive coaching, consultation, and training over the course of a year from our CS3 coaches and trainers. Deepen your collective and individual knowledge on community systems, systems building, and systems change by participating in this free and unique opportunity! To apply and learn more, visit the Partner Plan Act website. You can also download the Application Description ...
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“Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.” -Desmond Tutu Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) The CS3 team continues to develop the 2022 Collaboration Directory, featuring the work of community collaborations across the state. If you have not submitted your collaboration’s updated information, please do so ASAP. This directory is used as a way to connect with other collaborations and recognize the local work happening across Illinois. We expect the directory to be finalized in late March and look forward to sharing the new version with you. We welcome opportunities ...
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“Power can be defined as the ability to make a particular perspective seem universal.” - Alok Vaid-Menon Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) Our virtual conference, Equity from the Start: Taking Action, Shifting Power is four months away! W e are excited to announce the closing keynote speaker as Dr. Dana Crawford. Dr. Crawford is a pediatric and clinical psychologist who developed the Crawford Bias Reduction Theory & Training (CBRT), a systematic approach to reducing bias, prejudice, and racism. Registration will open in the Spring, but be sure to check our website for the latest conference updates. (photo description: photo ...
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“Every structure in every society is upheld by the active and passive assistance of other human beings.” - Sonya Renee Taylor Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) Every two years, the CS3 team releases an updated Collaboration Directory . The Collaboration Directory serves as Illinois’ most comprehensive list of early childhood community collaborations advancing community systems development efforts locally. We are reaching out to collaborations to request an update to their collaboration information. If someone from our team has not reached out to you and you want to be included in the directory, please email partnerplanact@actforchildren.org ...
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"Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work." - Deray McKesson Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) The annual Partner Plan Act conference will take place virtually June 7- 8, 2022. This year’s conference theme is Equity from the Start: Taking Action, Shifting Power. At the last conference, we reimagined what the sector could look like when we center those most impacted. Now we want to hear how folks are operationalizing racial equity in their communities. Have ideas for how to shift power to communities in the early childhood system? If your community is doing great work and taking ...
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“Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again.” - James Baldwin Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) The annual Partner Plan Act conference will take place virtually June 7- 8, 2022. This year’s conference theme is Equity from the Start: Taking Action, Shifting Power. At the last conference, we reimagined what the sector could look like when we center those most impacted. Now we want to hear how folks are operationalizing racial equity in their communities. Have ideas for how to shift power to communities in the early childhood system? If your community is doing ...
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"Without community, there is no liberation." -Audre Lorde Welcome, Cicely Fleming! Illinois Action for Children welcomes Cicely Fleming as the new State Director for Regional and Community Systems. In the newly created role based out of Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA), she will work to build Illinois’ regional planning council infrastructure. We look forward to working alongside her and the entire Early Childhood Transformation Team to improve outcomes for children and families across Illinois. Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) The CS3 team continues to provide coaching and consultation ...
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"Oppressed groups are frequently placed in the situation of being listened to only if we frame our ideas in the language that is familiar to and comfortable for a dominant group. This requirement often changes the meaning of our ideas and works to elevate the ideas of dominant groups." -Patricia Hill Collins Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) The Community-to-Community Mentorship Program launched its third year on August 18th. Several mentors and mentees continued from last year, though we also welcomed some new participants: Julie Herzog from Tazewell County AOK joins us as a mentor, while Jennifer Little (Oak Park) and Rosa Mendez (Skokie) ...
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"The best gatherings learn to cultivate good controversy by creating the conditions for it because human connection is just as threatened by unhealthy peace as by unhealthy conflict." - Priya Parker Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) On July 14, 2021, CS3 hosted an orientation for the Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute’s fourth cohort of communities. The event marked the start of a year-long commitment to working with eight collaborations on improving local early childhood systems. Congratulations to the following communities! We look forward to working with you all this year! • Altgeld Riverdale Early Learning ...
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"When you're engaged with society and trying to make it a better society, you're an optimist." -George Takei Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) Our annual conference Equity from the Start: Reimagining the Early Childhood System took place June 8-10, 2021. We were joined by early childhood stakeholders all around the state to convene, learn, and grow. Thanks to everyone who participated and supported the event! Session evaluations and the overall conference evaluation link will remain open through Thursday, June 17, 2021. For each survey you complete, you will be entered into a raffle to win a copy of Glenn Singleton’s Courageous ...
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“The more you benefit from supremacy, the more responsible you have to be to dismantle it.” - Brittany Packnett Cunningham Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) The fourth cohort of the Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute launches in July 2021. Communities can apply as teams to receive coaching, consultation, and training over the course of a year from our CS3 coaches and trainers. Deepen your collective and individual knowledge on community systems, systems building, and systems change by participating in this free and unique opportunity! To apply and learn more, visit the Partner Plan Act website. Our annual conference ...
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