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My family and I are new to Oak Park. I do not fully understand the past problems between OPRF and village hall. I also do not understand why past problems between adults would impact the future of a program that will provide such critical services to the families most in need.
To me, the Collaboration for Early Childhood's program does not seem to be a "magic bullet" solution to the achievement gap in education, and that is why I think it will work.
They are not offering a computer-based program, they are not saying better teachers are needed, and they are not threatening to close down schools. The Collaboration is offering to provide services from prenatal care through early childhood, which, I believe, is the most sound and reliable way to address the achievement gap in education.
It is not a quick fix. Rather, it is one that will require a great deal of hard work over a long period of time. The Collaboration also identifies the need for unified community support.
Consistency and routine are important in the lives of children, especially during the early childhood years. The Collaboration's proposal is a forward-thinking approach, one that attempts to fix the root of a problem.
I hope District 200 can put past problems aside and support the Collaboration.