Pamela Franks is a founding member of CoRise, a cooperative of child care providers in Illinois. She is the owner and operator of Playful Steps Home Child Care in Springfield, IL and has over 25 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. Pam is a union leader with positions on the executive board and bargaining committee for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas (HCII) as well as the union’s national Early Learning Council. As a child care leader in Illinois, Pam also serves as an early childhood education instructor, program observer for the National Association for Family Child Care, and professional development specialist for the Council for Professional Recognition. She received her Bachelor’s in social work from the University of Illinois-Springfield and her Master’s in Education from National Louis University.