Candance Chow

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Candance Chow, past president and current member of the District 65 School Board, was named a McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow by the Erikson Institute. Twenty-three leaders in the judicial, political, and civic sectors were selected to participate in executive-level, multi-day sessions that provide a comprehensive understanding of the long-term benefits of supporting early child development, helping them identify opportunities to effectively lead, intervene, and advocate on behalf of children and families in Illinois. This will be the inaugural class of Fellows.

Through this new program, Erikson aims to engage leaders and decision-makers from many of those systems who influence policy, advocate for public resources, and shape the educational experience of children.

“I am very excited to join this esteemed group of policy and education leaders who care as much as we do in Evanston about ensuring each and every one of our youngest children are positioned to thrive and grow in our schools. I look forward to building my knowledge and expertise to apply it here in Evanston/Skokie,” said Ms. Chow.

This systems approach to early childhood development launches on Aug. 9 and will address critical issues such as the connection between adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress; the science of brain development; the importance of secure attachment and relationships; early childhood systems; demographic shifts in the child population in Illinois; recruiting and retaining a qualified and diverse workforce; and early childhood development as a cost-effective investment for communities and society as a whole.