During a recent visit to the state capitol, Effingham Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Norma Lansing, emphasized the importance of continuing to restore state-supported preschools.
Since 2010, early childhood education in Effingham County has been suffering due to cuts in State funding. Lansing compared the effects of the cuts to that of losing an employer in the area. However, state leaders have been working to restore funding to preschools around the state. Lansing, a member of ReadyNation, is applauding these lawmakers’ efforts. The 1,800 members of ReadyNation, an organization of business leaders, focus on strengthening the country’s workforce through the investment in children’s education. Lansing reminded lawmakers that high-quality early childhood education not only boosts the chances that children will graduate on time, but also increases the readiness of these children to enter the workforce prepared.
Lansing stated, “Illinois should continue rebuilding from the cuts that devastated state-supported preschool several years ago- and workforce development is a primary reason.”
While in Springfield, Lansing also visited with State Senators, Dale Righter and Kyle McCarter, and State Representatives, John Cavaletto and David Reis.
Norma Lansing, President & CEO of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, addresses Illinois lawmakers regarding the importance of investing in early-childhood education.