CHICAGO – In recognition of her work in the area of juvenile justice and child development, the Erikson Foundation has selected state Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, as a 2017 McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow.
“Fighting on behalf of children who can’t fight for themselves has been the cause of my life,” Stratton said. “That’s why I fought so hard this year in Springfield to pass legislation limiting pre-school expulsions and ending school-based booking centers.”
Stratton will participate as a part of the McCormick Foundation’s Executive Fellows inaugural program through which she will collaborate with other Chicago-area leaders to identify ways to best advocate for Illinois’ children and their families. The class consists of twenty-three leaders from the judicial, political and civic sectors, including Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers; Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia; and state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Westchester. The fellowship focuses on policies relating to early childhood development, such as studying brain development, early childhood systems and the importance of meaningful relationships.
“I am deeply humbled that the Erikson Foundation selected me as a Fellow,” Stratton continued. “The humility arises not just from other fellows who have completed amazing work in their careers, but arises from the countless advocates for children who work in the trenches and yet receive far too little recognition. I have learned so much from them and look forward to future partnerships in the best interests of our children.”