ISWE picEVANSTON – In recognition of her continuous work in education policy, State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D- Chicago) was awarded the Early Childhood Champion Award at the 50th Anniversary of the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston’s Baby Toddler Nursery.

“The community sets up children to be who they are. Children learn in context to the web of relationships around them – their parents, caregivers, and teachers,” Pacione-Zayas said at the ceremonial event. “Their environment helps shape them: the care they receive, the community around them, and the city where they live.”

The celebration took place last week and was held to commemorate the anniversary of the nursery as well as to recognize the hard work of the ISWE’s staff, teachers, and parents in uplifting families and educating children.

Pacione-Zayas holds a Ph.D. in educational policy studies and has prior experience with the Latino Policy Forum’s Education Department, was director of community schools at Enlace Chicago, and was the associate vice president of Policy at Erikson Institute. This background has informed her work in the General Assembly, leading her to sponsor legislation to provide more support to those receiving early childhood education degrees.

“Today’s society is nothing without our early childcare work force, and the pandemic definitely proved how essential childcare is,” Pacione-Zayas said. “The work ISWE is so important for preparing children for school while also honoring the identity and home language of the child.”

Learn more about the work ISWE does on their website.

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