Sunny P. Chico’s life has been shaped by two passions: family and education. A daughter and granddaughter of school teachers, she was born in Cuba, but immigrated to the United States with her family at a young age. Throughout her career, from special education teacher to federal director, Chico has worked to empower parents to be active partners in the education of their children. This commitment, along with her experience, expertise, and passion for helping families, culminated in creating the series YOU: Your Child’s First Teacher, an unprecedented parent empowerment program that guides parents as they lay a foundation for their child’s success in school and in life.
Prior to writing the YOU series, Chico served as the Assistant to the Lieutenant Governor for Education for the State of Illinois, where she led the state’s School-to-Work effort. She was later appointed the Regional Secretary of Education in the Midwest for the U.S. Department of Education before launching SPC Educational Solutions.
Chico continues to be an active member of the community, serving as a commissioner on the State of Illinois Executive Ethics Commission, and as a board member of many organizations including the DePaul University School of Education Dean’s Advisory Council, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, and the Illinois Literacy Foundation.