The Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) and the Partnership for Resilience recently received a $100,000 grant through the Chicago Tribune Charities – Holiday Campaign, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to support family and community engagement.
The two-year grant will support the work of the Partnership for Resilience, specifically a focus on linking schools in Chicago’s southern suburbs with health care and other community supports. This two-year $100,000 grant follows a one-year $50,000 grant provided in 2017 to support this critical work.
CEC serves as the fiscal sponsor for the Partnership for Resilience, an organization that aims to transform and integrate education, healthcare, and community organizations to create a trauma-informed, family-focused system that measurably improves academic, health, and social outcomes for children impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
The Partnership for Resilience began in 2015 as the Southland Education and Health Initiative, a collaboration between CEC, the American Academy of Pediatrics Illinois Chapter, the Illinois Education Association, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Governors State University, and three school districts in South Suburban Cook County (Calumet Park 132, Dolton Riverdale 148, and Ford Heights 169).
The partnership seeks to mitigate the impact of childhood trauma and build resiliency by coordinating care and services between health care and education organizations, increasing family and community wellness and access to preventative care, and identifying results-based practices that could inform a policy agenda around these issues.