Image: Samuel J. Meisels, President of Erikson

President Samuel J. Meisels

Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels is one of the 10 members of Chicago’s new Early Learning Executive Council, which will coordinate the city’s early childhood education initiatives.

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the creation of the council at a press conference at an Educare Early Childhood Center.
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The council will oversee reforms to Chicago’s early childhood education programs—including launching an Early Childhood Web Portal—in an effort to serve the most at-risk children in high-quality programs and increase transparency and accountability.

The members of the executive council are

  • Jean-Claude Brizard, CEO, Chicago Public Schools
  • Bechara Choucair, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Evelyn Diaz, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
  • Ricardo Estrada, President and CEO, Metropolitan Family Services
  • Janine Hill Lewis, Executive Director, Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition (IMCHC)
  • Samuel J. Meisels, President, Erikson Institute
  • Diana Rauner, President, Ounce of Prevention Fund
  • Jesse Ruiz, Vice President, Chicago Board of Education
  • Elizabeth Swanson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Education, Chicago Mayor’s Office
  • Maria Whelan, President and CEO, Illinois Action for Children