CHICAGO – Furthering its commitment to enriching the whole child and their families from birth to age eight, the Austin Early Childhood Collaborative (AECC), an initiative of Austin Coming Together, is holding its second annual Early Childhood Symposium. This event is free and being held Saturday, October 11, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM at By the Hand Club, 415 North Laramie Avenue.

This year the AECC is attempting to bring attention to how early experiences in a child’s life influence their future success. As a result, the AECC has chosen to entitle this year’s Symposium, “Building a Strong Foundation for Success.”

The event will feature a panel discussion, high quality workshops, and an awards ceremony to celebrate excellence in early childhood care and education. Workshop presenters and panelists include representatives from Erikson Institute, UIC Reading Clinic, University of Illinois Extension, The Ounce of Prevention, Voices for Illinois Children, COFI, Dominican University and Illinois Action for Children. Space is limited, so participants must register by October 3rd. To register, call 773/417-8610 or visit Detailed descriptions of each workshop and complete information are available on this site.

The Symposium is made possible by the efforts of AECC members, as well as special support from the Illinois State Board of Education, State Representative La Shawn K. Ford, the Austin Childcare Providers’ Network, By the Hand Club, Austin Weekly News, CS Insurance, and Coca-Cola.

The AECC is coordinated by Austin Coming Together, whose mission is to increase the collective impact of our member organizations on education and economic development outcomes in the Austin community.

More information can be found online at