By Terry Dean
District 97 is poised to commit roughly a quarter of a million dollars to help start up the Collaboration for Early Childhood's broad initiative to reach at-risk kids.
The Collaboration is working with and seeking support from various Oak Park taxing bodies. By 2016, the group hopes to have an integrated, early childhood care support system fully implemented for Oak Park and River Forest. The Village of Oak Park has committed about $115,000 in start-up money for the effort. D97 plans to commit $248,000. Members of the Collaboration estimate that a fully implemented system will cost roughly $1.5 million. The group is continuing to seek public and private funding for the effort.
D97 school trustees and Collaboration members discussed the initiative Tuesday at D97's regular board meeting. The Oak Park elementary school district is set to approve funding at its Jan. 22, meeting.
Wednesday Journal will have additional coverage in next week's paper