Early Childhood Research Alliance of Chicago
Early Childhood Research Alliance of Chicago (EC-REACH) aims to transform the way we conduct early childhood research and evaluation across the city by bringing diverse partners and collaborators together and centering community voice.
diverse partners and collaborators to co-create a meaningful and
actionable early childhood research agenda that unites Chicago’s research and evaluation initiatives across sectors, agencies, and institutions and aligns to state-wide efforts.
and support robust research-practice partnerships that produce
research and evaluation that is relevant, timely, and useful for enhancing early childhood systems, policies, and programs.
holistic research and evaluation findings with Chicago
policymakers, program leaders, and community members in an accessible and transparent manner.
In support of the Every Child Ready Chicago initiative, Start Early began to explore the nascent concept of a Chicago early childhood research consortium or alliance in fall 2020, and published their findings in an Exploratory Report released in March 2021. EC-REACH has now moved into a planning phase (through summer 2022) led by a citywide planning committee comprised of 14 Chicago-based individuals with diverse research, policy, and practice expertise. Staffed by Start Early and facilitated by CoSpero Consulting, the planning committee will set a strong foundation for EC-REACH by:
- Determining the mission, vision, structure, governance, and sustainability model;
- Guiding the engagement of a broader group stakeholders and advisors; and
- Identifying a home institution and initial funding sources to support the launch of EC-REACH.
Planning Committee Updates
This site aims to bring transparency to each step of the EC-REACH planning process by sharing meeting minutes, key materials, and other relevant planning committee updates.
Stay up-to-date on EC-REACH by downloading Planning Committee minutes below:
3/11/22 Retreat Notes
3/24/22 Meeting #1: Mission, Vision, Values, Decision-Making Process & Structure, Working Bodies
3/29/22 Meeting #2: Research Values & Criteria, Home Institution Criteria, Data Access Principles
Meet the EC-REACH Planning Committee
Nataly Barrera, Acting Director of Early Learning, Mayor’s Office
Cerathel Burgess-Burnett, Deputy Commissioner, Children Services Division, Department of Family and Support Services
Chris Chavez, Data Strategist, Chicago Public Schools
Dionne Dobbins, Vice President, Research & Evaluation
John Easton, Senior Fellow, UChicago Consortium on School Research
Jon Furr, Executive Director, Education Systems Center at NIU
Craig Maki, Chief Strategy Officer, Provisio Partners; Former CEO, Asian Human Services, Inc.
Remsha Shah, Associate Professor, Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Samantha Melvin, Assistant Research Professor, Erikson Institute
Edgar Ramirez, President and CEO, Chicago Commons Association
Terri Sabol, Assistant Professor Northwestern
Diane Schanzenbach, Professor, Northwestern University
Jennifer Vidis, Chicago Department of Public Health