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Eleanor Levie

Eleanor Levie
Eleanor Levie is a volunteer advocate for quality early childhood programs. Through the power of storytelling, she works to inspire communities and policy makers to lift up children and families. Eleanor is a member of the steering committee of the Southeast Pennsylvania Early Childhood Coalition, and a longtime leader and activist for the National Council of Jewish Women. Born and raised in Baltimore, she spent many years in the metropolitan New York City and greater Philadelphia areas, and now lives with her husband in Center City Philadelphia. Professionally, Eleanor has taught in urban secondary schools and Sunday schools, has written, edited, and produced dozens of books and magazines on needlework and crafts. She travels to quilt guilds around the country to present trunk shows and workshops to inspire out-of-the-box quilting. She is the founder of an online gallery, United We Quilt: Sewing Justice.

What a Powerful Voice!

She’s the most difficult person to interview. So busy day and evening, there is no time for anything but the important work. And if you can pin her down, she is so humble she...
Day care art

What All Parents Need to Know about Early Education

Quality child care and pre-k programs are often pitched as the way to break the cycle of systemic poverty. But families across all economic levels benefit—and across all educational backgrounds, cultures, and races, too. Putting...
Mary Graham

Champion for Children: Mary Graham

An unrelenting can-do attitude and a gift for putting puzzles together—these are among the strengths that have made Mary Graham a longtime leader in Philadelphia’s early childhood education community. For three decades, she has...
Elena Hung

Putting A Face on Medically Complex Kids

The petite Chinese-American woman with a contemporary vibe carried a little girl in ponytails and sparkly sunglasses on her hip. Immediately dispelling any notion that this was just a darling mother-daughter duo passing through...
Drummond and Daughters

A Guy’s Guide to Pre-K

Often the token male in a sea of women, De’Wayne Drummond has a unique perspective on the benefits of pre-K to boys and their fathers. He credits Head Start for pointing him in the...
Lola M. Rooney

Why Some Kids Succeed

Lola M. Rooney never intended to study the effectiveness of pre-kindergarten education, but over the years she encountered results too important to ignore or keep to herself. In her work, she has laid to...
Baby Talk

Baby Talk

I gave birth to my first and only child when I was 35, a maternal age regarded as “last call” in 1986. Sharing my semi-private hospital room the next day was a younger woman who...

Building Brighter Futures

Several kids between the ages of two to four built cardboard block towers together at City Hall today, illustrating that investment in quality child care and Pre-K is critical for building brighter futures. Their...


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