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Recognizing our grantees’ positive impact on policies related to early education in Illinois, the Council on Foundations honored the McCormick Foundation with its 2008 Paul Ylvisaker Award for Public Policy Engagement.

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The Education Program seeks to create a statewide system that provides access to quality early care and education for all children ages birth-to-eight and improves the quality of programs serving those young children in low-income communities in the Chicago region.

Reflecting Col. Robert R. McCormick's wishes that his bequest be used for "religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes…," the McCormick Foundation maintains a strong commitment to education. In 1993, responding to new research in brain development and its effect on early learning, the Foundation's board of directors changed the direction of the Education Program to focus on the needs of Chicago's youngest children. The Education Program funds in the areas of public policy, public awareness and building quality infrastructure.