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Obama legacy means increased early childhood options in south suburbs — for now

April 19, 2017
Ted Slowik
The Chicago Tribune

There’s a lot of talk — and concern — about how President Donald Trump is trying to change course on policies and undo the legacy of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

For now, at least one aspect of Obama’s legacy continues to produce measurable results in the form of increased availability of early childhood programs in the south suburbs.

Last week, I visited an early childhood program that began operating in February at a new Dolton Park District facility. The program can serve up to 100 children, from infants to age 5, with comprehensive services including child care, nutritious meals, early learning and recreational opportunities.

Parents can drop off their children at the center, where preschoolers spend up to eight hours a day engaged in various activities with teachers and staff members.