“Community Organizing and Family Issues, or COFI, builds parent power. COFI has trained and organized thousands of parents to push for positive change in policies, politics and systems. These grassroots parent leaders, who are mainly Black and Latina moms, are on a mission to improve communities and schools in Chicago, throughout Illinois and nationwide. They’ve worked with COFI to win the return of recess to Chicago Public Schools, ban suspensions for children younger than second-grade age, raise wages for early childhood teachers and recruit a more diverse early childhood workforce. COFI has also won support for a program in which parents go door to door in low-income communities to connect families with high-quality early education programs.”
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