03012017CM0381WebPLAINFIELD- Research shows that providing children under the age of five with a high value education yields major long-term benefits.

To research and implement innovative policies to ease children’s transition from preschool to kindergarten, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) was selected to serve on the Illinois General Assembly’s Kindergarten Transition Advisory Committee.

“The investments we make in our children during their formative years sets the foundation for their educational success,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The transition between early childhood education and kindergarten is crucial. It’s important that our school systems are maximizing every learning opportunity to ensure our children are set up on a trajectory of success.”

Bertino-Tarrant sponsored House Joint Resolution 24 that created the advisory council. A member from each legislative chamber was selected to participate. The bipartisan committee must submit a report to the governor and General Assembly by September 29, 2018.

Before joining the state senate, Bertino-Tarrant was an educator and passionate education advocate. She believes her background will give the council a unique perspective to help create a beneficial report to generate vital educational strategies and proposals.    

“One of the most important investments Illinois makes is in educating our children,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The goal of the bipartisan committee is to work together to strengthen our education system to guarantee the children of Illinois are given the best possible educational experiences.”

The advisory committee held their first monthly meeting this week.

2017 All Coffee and Conversation EventsBOLINGBROOK— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be hosting another coffee and conversation this month in Bolingbrook.  

Coffee and conversation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, at Eggs Inc. (278 S. Weber Rd.) in Bolingbrook.

This event offers discussion in a more casual environment and allows Senator Bertino-Tarrant to answer questions regarding any current or past legislation.

If you have additional questions regarding coffee and conversation, please contact Senator Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211.


Coffee and Conversation                                            

Date: Wednesday, September 27

Time: 9 to 10 a.m.

Location: Eggs Inc. (278 S. Weber Rd., Bolingbrook, IL)

05092017CM0307SPRINGFIELD—Information regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse will be more readily available thanks to legislation signed into law today.

“We need to provide every possible resource and assistance we can as a state to address the heroin and opioid addictions problem many face throughout Illinois,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said. “Addiction is hurting families throughout the entire state and now we can try to help provide the information they need.”

Will County saw a record number of heroin related-deaths in 2016, an increase of more than 40 percent from the previous year. According to the Will County coroner’s office, 77 people died in Will County due to opioid overdoses in 2016.

The new law would require the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to create and maintain a website to educate people on heroin and prescription opioid abuse.

“This new website will get information and important resources to the families and people who need them,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

The website developed and maintained by DHS would include the warning signs of heroin and opioid addiction, helpful tips for parents on how to discuss the dangers of addiction with their children, available treatment options and services and other related information.

Bertino-Tarrant has actively tried to combat addiction-related problems in her district. She served as the co-chairwoman of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and hosted heroin prevention forums in her district.

The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2018.


PLAINFIELD— Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Joliet) visited American House Cedarlake and welcomed Fall by doing a craft with the residents.

PHOTO Bertino Tarrant visits with residents at American House Cedarlake Retirement Community 

Pictured (right to left): Fay M., Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and Doreen H.

Subcategories

Latest

The latest news from the Joomla! Team

Opioid Crisis ENews signup

State Issues Survey 2016

Navigating Springfield
 

Office Info

Springfield Office

119 B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706 
(217) 782-0052

District Office

15300 Rt. 59 Unit 202
Plainfield, IL 60544 
(815) 254-4211
(815) 254-4213 FAX