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Ounce of PreventionREarly childhood education is integral to the lifelong success of our children. State Senator Melinda Bush, a strong advocate for early childhood education, spent time yesterday with members of the Ounce of Prevention, an organization dedicated to furthering quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life.

The Ounce of Prevention serves more than 4,000 children and families directly through birth-to-five programs in Chicago and throughout Illinois.  Their program provides opportunities for children born into poverty that they would likely not otherwise receive.

“I am glad to be working closely with the Ounce of Prevention and Governor Quinn to ensure that early childhood education is a priority in our fiscal year 15 state budget. More cuts to education, early childhood education, child care services, early intervention programs and health care would put the lives and futures of many children in our communities in jeopardy.”

Without quality early care and education, at-risk children are:

  • 25% more likely to drop out of school
  • 40% more likely to become a teen parent
  • 50% more likely to be placed in special education
  • 60% more likely to not attend college
  • 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime


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