Evanston Bold goal

Increase kindergarten readiness to 85 percent while significantly increasing racial and ethnic parity for African-American and Latinx children.

Where we’ve been

The Evanston Neighborhood Network aims to see all Evanston young adults on the path to a successful, fulfilling life by age 23. The network is focusing on kindergarten readiness and racial equity to move toward meeting their goals.

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Kindergarten readiness / education

  • The “Talk, Read, Sing” parent initiative was expanded to additional partners, including healthcare providers, and it has reached 150 parents.
  • EC2C, School District 65, the Evanston Parks Division and partner nonprofits approved automatic program scholarships for children who qualify for free or reduced school lunches.
  • Kindergarten readiness increased to 57.8 percent in 2017—up from 54 percent in 2016.

Racial parity

  • More than 100 program staff, board members, public servants and community members attended Beyond Diversity and SEED equity trainings.

Creating opportunities for success

  • The EC2C Employers Advisory Council was established to align student preparation with local employer needs.
  • Two workshops on providing trauma-informed care were offered to counselors and clinicians.
  • Advocates for Action was created to provide leadership training and stipends to community participants.

Where we’re going

The Evanston Neighborhood Network is focusing on five essential areas that aid in overcoming long-standing inequity in the community: well-being, health and safety; supporting parents/caregivers during the beginning stages of a child’s life; literacy; summer learning; and preparing youth for adult life.

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Maximizing impact

  • Rather than creating new programs, the Neighborhood Network is aligning existing programs to maximize their impact on children and communities.
  • The Network is helping Evanston to become a trauma-informed city by engaging professionals, community members and faith-based organizations in conversations about how trauma affects our youth.

Hear from your neighbors and supporters

Maggie Blinn DiNovi

CEO of Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.)

“Evanston Township High School is a well-resourced school, but there’s an achievement gap. We’re addressing the opportunity gap between high-income and low-income students. It’s not about competing with [the school]. It’s about what else do students need? This is a place that kids are comfortable, and they’ve developed relationships that help them really realize their fullest potential.”

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