Meet Our 2023 Executive Board
The Elgin Partnership for Early Learning Executive Board are representatives from organizations in the community with children and families at the center of their work. The board meets monthly to jointly supervise and oversee agreements, operations, partnerships, committees and build a consensus on initiatives.
Executive Board Chair Karina Nava
Dr. Jennifer Schening
Executive Board Co-Chair Kris Young
Meet Our Community Partners
Elgin Partnership is strengthened by cross-sector partners committed to helping support and prepare children five and under to succeed in school and life. EPEL's community partners share resources, services, and in-kind donations.
Partners collaborate to support early learning initiatives, volunteer time, and expertise. We appreciate our partners' time, expertise, and efforts to bring action to the early childhood movement in a child's first 2,000 Days of Life from Birth to Kindergarten.
Poplar Creek Public Library - Streamwood
SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education)
What Our Partners Are Saying
Northern Illinois Food Bank, Hester Bury, Development Officer, Corporate and Foundation Giving
"Northern Illinois Food Bank is proud to partner with EPEL as we bring nutritious food to families in need in Elgin through Mobile Pantries and summer meals at local parks. With EPEL providing diapers, books, and important information about other resources at the same time and location as the food bank is providing food, we are helping our neighbors together. They may come for the food but will leave with information to help them make wise choices about learning opportunities for their children. The Food Bank looks forward to continuing our partnership as we serve the needs of our youngest residents and the parents that take care of them."
Cindy Anderson, Well Child Center, Director of Development
"Well Child Center is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through education, counseling, and services in the areas of childhood nutrition and pediatric dental health. Prior to 2012, our education was geared to parents and focused on nutrition and best dental practices. Our partnership with EPEL broadened our education component to include literacy and school readiness. At every visit, our child patients receive a book to take home. Parents-to-be are given books and encouraged to read to their baby in utero. Although this was met with some skepticism at first, new parents now excitedly share that when their babies were read the same book after birth, they “recognized” the book!
Most children do not look forward to dental appointments, but the books help ease their fears. Bilingual book baskets are also in our waiting rooms to encourage parents to read to their children during wait times. With EPEL’s guidance, we are in the process of enhancing our waiting rooms with educational toys that focus on early literacy. Working together as a community toward a common goal has benefitted, not only local families but enhanced our city’s sense of collaboration and purpose in making Elgin a great place to be a child. All communities should be so lucky!"