lifting up early childhood

LUEC_Logo_Final.jpgAs of March 13, the April 15 program is postponed. Registration will reopen after the rescheduled date is set. 

A series of three community events between November 2019 and April 2020 will highlight the importance of early childhood and encourage community support. Join us.

Lifting Up Early Childhood is a coalition of over 50 partners in Evanston and Skokie working together to build local support for early childhood care and education so that our communities ensure that all our children get the best start and build a strong foundation.

The lasting impact of high quality early childhood care and education on children’s health and educational success is increasingly clear. But not all children and families get access and programs struggle with inadequate resources.


All events begin at 5:00 pm for registration and dinner. Programming begins at 6:00 pm. Childcare is provided with advance registration. There is no cost to attend as Evanston Community Foundation and Evanston Cradle to Career are fully sponsoring the event. 

January 19, 2020 Showing of the film No Small Matter, a documentary on the state and impact of early childhood education around the country, at Evanston Public Library Room 107, 1703 Orrington Ave.

February 26, 2020 The First 1,100 Days Last Forever, a talk by Erikson Institute President Geoff Nagle on early childhood development, at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School Auditorium, 2424 Lake Street. Habrá un intérprete.

April 15, 2020 The State of Early Education. The state of early education in Evanston and Skokie, highlighting the work currently being done in both communities and outstanding needs, along with a call to action to improve access and quality in our communities. Location TBD. Habrá un intérprete.

REGISTRATION WILL REOPEN AFTER A NEW DATE IS SET. (To attend, please register below. Childcare will be available with advance registration.)

co-host organizations

as of October 16, 2019

  • Baker Demonstration School
  • Books and Breakfast
  • Warren W. Cherry Preschool
  • Childcare Network of Evanston
  • City of Evanston
  • Connections for the Homeless
  • Covenant Nursery School
  • Culver District 71
  • East Prairie District 73
  • District 65 Educator's Council 
  • District 65 Educational Secretarial and Clerical Association
  • Erie Family Health Center of Evanston-Skokie
  • Erikson Institute
  • Evanston Chamber of Commerce
  • Evanston Community Foundation
  • Evanston Cradle to Career
  • Evanston Custodial Maintenance Association
  • Evanston Early Childhood Council
  • Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club
  • Evanston Public Library
  • Evanston/Skokie School District 65
  • Evanston Symphony Orchestra
  • Evanston Teacher Assistants Association 
  • Evanston Township High School
  • Fairview School District 72
  • Family Focus
  • Golf District 67
  • Illinois Action for Children
  • Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
  • Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Early Childhood Center
  • Kiwanis Club of Evanston
  • Kiwanis of Skokie Valley
  • Learning Bridge Early Education Center
  • McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, National Louis University
  • McGaw YMCA
  • Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie
  • James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
  • Morton Grove Public Library
  • NAACP Evanston/North Shore Chapter
  • Niles Township District for Special Education #807
  • Niles Township High School District 219
  • Northminster Nursery School
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Northwestern University
  • Oakton Community College Early Childhood Center
  • Parkview District 70
  • Reba Early Learning Center
  • Rotary Club of Evanston
  • School for Little Children
  • Skokie Chamber of Commerce
  • Skokie Park District
  • Skokie Public Library
  • Skokie School District 68
  • Skokie School District 69
  • Skokie School District 73.5
  • State Representative Robyn Gabel
  • State Senator Laura Fine
  • Swift Child Care
  • The Early Childhood Alliance
  • Total Child Preschool and Childcare
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Village of Skokie
  • Village of Skokie, Skokie Resilient Community Collaboration
  • Youth Job Center
  • Y.O.U.
  • YWCA Evanston/North Shore