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Coming Thursday: Hope and Healing for Pandemic Learning

It’s a rough time for families here in Chicago. The current spike in Covid-19 cases has put on hold the Chicago Public Schools’ plan to allow preschoolers back to in-person learning for second quarter. Parents are juggling work and finances while trying to help their young children learn.

To offer some hope and light in the midst of these struggles, Chicago Unheard is honored to host two local leaders in early education on our Thursday afternoon show, Hope and Healing for Pandemic Learning.

Angela Lampkin of Start Early Educare Chicago.

Angela Lampkin got her start in early education as an aide in an infant/toddler program supporting teenage mothers. Being a role model for mothers and a witness to the astonishing growth of young children has kept her in the field ever since. She has served as a teacher, center director, professional developer for other teachers and a policy leader. As director of Educare Chicago, she leads one of the nation’s exemplary early care and learning centers.

Gloria Kuechenberg of Christopher House Chicago.

Gloria directs the family support program at Christopher House Chicago. Christopher House, long a leader in early care and learning, launched a charter school in 2013 to give families continuity of education. Christopher House’s innovative model combines academics with strong family support services.

I can’t wait to hear from these two leaders about how parents and schools can work together to support children’s learning during these difficult times! I hope you’ll join us on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher

Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of an elementary student in the Chicago Public Schools. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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