Eva Giglio with Bela Moté, Chief Executive Officer, and her team at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning.
(Left to right: Sonja Knight, Bela Moté, Eva Giglio, Tara Harper, Ashley Nazarak, Vivian Taylor)
A message from Eva Giglio, CME Group Foundation Executive Director
We want to sincerely thank you for the warm welcome into my new role as the CME Group Foundation’s Executive Director. It has been a notably busy quarter, and I’d like to share some highlights on what we’ve accomplished.
In late September, I hosted six meet and greet sessions with individuals and organizations across the Foundation’s network – from Kindergarten Readiness to College and Career Success – which was a great opportunity to build on existing relationships and foster new ones. We brought together more than 100 people throughout these sessions, and it was a pleasure getting to learn more about everyone’s focus. Since then, I have been diving in deeper with one-on-ones and site visits where I am able to see the work in action. One thing is abundantly clear: even in a pandemic, this community continues to show up, dig deep, and push forward for our students.
Many of you have been asking what’s next for the Foundation. The answer is we will continue to nurture the cradle-to-career continuum, with a strong focus on STEM and finance; furthermore, equity remains at the core of the Foundation’s mission. Our work will ensure support and opportunities for students who are underrepresented in fields related to STEM and finance, while creating equity in access to programs and resources.
My goals are to maintain this positive momentum for the Foundation, as we progress a forward-looking strategy that will continue to respond to the evolving daily needs of Chicago’s youth. I look forward to working with everyone in our community as we do this together. In the meantime, as we close out another complex year, we send you and your loved ones our very best wishes this holiday season.
New study finds PreK support for English learners has long-term impact
New research from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, a CME Group Foundation grantee organization, studies the influence of preschool and early grade years on English Learners (EL) in CPS. The study examines two groups of CPS students ‒ ELs in PreK and ELs in kindergarten through third grade ‒ to determine which types of programs are most beneficial and which ELs are most in need of early support.
Based on evidence from the study, there are four major findings: first, ELs who attend full-day PreK versus half-day PreK have higher attendance and stronger kindergarten readiness in terms of English language development and early literacy; second, ELs who enroll in CPS PreK programs at age three show stronger language and reading skills than those who enroll at four; third, ELs who receive bilingual education services show higher English proficiency scores by the end of third grade; fourth, refusing bilingual services is associated with lower grades, attendance, and test scores in the long run.
“The main take away from our study is clear: full-day pre-k and bilingual education services help to set up ELs for long-term academic success," shares Marisa de la Torre, Managing Director and Senior Research Associate with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research.
Sylvia Puente, President and CEO of The Latino Policy Forum, says, “The findings from the study show that, without a doubt, there is an overwhelming benefit for students to be in bilingual programs as early as possible. Based on the evidence, we will continue to advance policies which reinforce the availability of bilingual education to Chicago’s youth, as we want to ensure that all students have the resources and support they need to be successful."