Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis is expected to join a coalition of community organizations and parents ahead of Wednesday's Board of Education meeting to launch a new campaign for universal child care and early education for the city's working families.
The new campaign is called "Bright Future Chicago: Where Kids and Parents Come First."
According to a news release, the effort is meant "to address the crisis that the city’s working families face due to lack of accessible and affordable child care and early education."
"Chicago’s early care and education system is profoundly broken," the release reads. "While the mayor claims to be expanding access to preschool, the reality is that a majority of children and parents lack accessible, affordable, quality care and early education. Over the past two academic years, the number of Chicago children enrolled in preschool has dropped by more than 1,000 students."
Those with the new campaign will push for "a substantial public investment in a universal system providing a full day of early care and education for all children under 5."
Lewis is currently mulling a 2015 mayoral run.
In addition to the CTU, other groups involved with the new effort include the Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Pilsen Alliance, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Action Now and SEIU* Healthcare Illinois.
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