CEC Earns $50,000 Grant through Chicago Tribune Charities

News Partnership for Resilience

CEC recently received a $50,000 grant through Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to support family and community engagement.

The one-year grant will support the work of the Partnership for Resilience by focusing on linking schools in Chicago’s southern suburbs with health care and other community supports.

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.

Chicago Tribune Charities distributed $1,250,000 to 17 non-profit organizations across Chicago and the suburbs during this grant cycle.

Learn more about the Partnership for Resilience.

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