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Student health and safety for all

This week Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 1360 into law (now Public Act 099-0325), signaling a commitment to improving health, wellness, and safety standards throughout the Illinois charter school system. The newly amended law guarantees all charters must comply with student health and safety laws applicable to publicly-funded schools across the state.

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Another day, another testimony

Children’s health policy director Amy Zimmerman and summer law intern Molly McDonald testified today at a Joint House Appropriations meeting to shape legislation that would appropriate federal funds that flow through the State’s budget (SB 2042 SA1).

The amended bill is intended to help agencies, programs, and services supported in part with federal funds, such as maternal and child health grants, community mental health grants, and grants for Older Americans Act programs.

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Out of the mouths of parents

Moving testimony from a parent we work with about the value of early intervention services for children with developmental delays.

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Disability “speak out”

On Wednesday, July 15th, advocates, providers, and allies of the disability community convene to stage a Disability Budget Crisis “Speak Out” at the Thompson Center. Amy Zimmerman, director of the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children will testify to how the deadlock in Springfield is hurting infants and toddlers with developmental delays who have a legal right to early intervention services. We will be joined by the parent of a child who has benefitted from these services, our hero, “Super Nova:” Read Amy’s “Babies Can’t Wait” testimony below. My name is Amy Zimmerman and I direct the Chicago Medical Legal Partnership for Children, I’m also a member of the Early Intervention Interagency Council. The budget impasse has already started to hit Early Intervention families and providers. Three Child and Family Connections Offices closed on July 1st; two temporarily and one downstate CFC is attempting to reopen....

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Lead poisoning and early intervention

After reading the May 1 Chicago Tribune article, “Lead paint poisons poor Chicago kids as city spends millions less on cleanup,” our Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children director Amy Zimmerman and Loyola University Chicago ChildLaw Policy Institute director Anita Weinberg sent the following letter to the editor:  Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for shining a light on childhood lead poisoning – one of the few causes of social and learning problems we know how to solve, but have not provided adequate resources to get the job done. As reporter Michael Hawthorne noted, in the 1960s Chicago newspaper headlines reported children dying from lead exposure. Today, we know the problem is more insidious; it’s a silent epidemic. Overwhelming evidence establishes that lead exposure has significant adverse effects on childhood development, but families often don’t realize the problems may be a result...

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Charter school health policy report

Child health advocacy report analyzes school health policies in schools across the state of Illinois.

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