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ERIC Number: ED392528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Illinois Kids Count 1995: Building the Future.
Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
This report describes strategies being employed to improve the lives of Illinois children and families. Lessons from the programs highlighted in this summary include the following: (1) Early childhood programs are essential to helping children be more successful in school; (2) Local involvement in finding solutions to pressing problems is essential to providing programs that will best serve the community; (3) Effective programs address the family as a whole and link services across problems; (4) Educational materials and practices must be used creatively to best meet children's needs; (5) Developing tutor-mentor relationships can provide children with valuable opportunities to improve their lives; (6) Programs must emphasize the acquisition of skills and practical resources to facilitate transitions from welfare to work; (7) Independent case advocates can ensure that the best interests of at-risk children are being served by the child welfare system; and (8) Family-oriented work policies and services enable more families to keep their jobs, increase productivity, and strengthen the whole family. Actions individuals can take to help meet the needs described here include spending more time with children; using voting power wisely; joining tutor or mentor programs; and donating materials to schools, libraries, or child care centers. (JW)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Child Advocacy, Child Development, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Children, Community Action, Community Cooperation, Community Role, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Family Characteristics, Family Programs, Integrated Services, Social Problems, Tutoring
Voices for Illinois Children, 208 South LaSalle St., Suite 1580, Chicago, IL 60604 ($12; for Voices members).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
Identifiers: Family Support; Illinois
Note: A separately-published 12-page "Executive Summary" is appended. For 1994 report, see ED 380 190. Photographs may not copy adequately.