Equity From the Start: Taking Action, Shifting Power


Starts:  Jun 7, 2022 10:00 AM (CT)
Ends:  Jun 8, 2022 04:00 PM (CT)
Associated with  Partner Plan Act


Partner Plan Act Virtual Summit | June 7-8, 2022

Join Illinois Action for Children’s Community Systems Statewide Supports team, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, and The Center: Early Childhood Professional Learning for this two-day virtual event of learning, convening, and courageous conversations June 7-8, 2022.

While we aren’t able to gather in person this year, we are committed to providing the space and opportunity to learn from and with others doing community systems development work.

The theme of this year’s conference is Equity from the Start: Taking Action, Shifting Power. Over the past few years, we have explored why we should center race in community systems development conversations and last year, we reimagined what the system could look like. This year, we hope to show how we can shift power in our sector to the on-the-grounds providers, community members, and parents, especially those who have been historically left out of these conversations.

(photo description: photo of Eve Ewing placing her chin on her left hand as she gazes at camera in front of floral display and yellow backdrop.)

To help us launch our conference, Chicago-based sociologist of education, Dr. Eve L. Ewing, will join CS3 Director Grace Araya for a fireside chat. During this conversation, we will hear how we can shift power back to communities and ensure our system is responsive to children, parents, and providers.

The conference will feature Dr. Dana Crawford as the closing keynote speaker. Dr. Dana E. 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. You don’t want to miss this! 

(photo description: photo of Dr. Dana Crawford smiling at the camera, wearing a green shirt and her hair up.)

The conference is free to attend, available in Spanish, and provides Gateways credits and ISBE CPDU's.