Children & Youth

We work with young people from infancy through high school graduation to equip them with tools and resources to build a bright future, including educational programs and activities, mentoring, and family support. 

Early Childhood Education

In our Early Childhood Education program, experienced, caring teachers guide children from infancy to age 5 through these critical developmental years. Children in our program build kindergarten-readiness skills, with a focus on language and literacy, math, and science. 

Our classrooms provide a safe, nurturing environment where each child is valued and encouraged to express their feelings, develop positive self-esteem, and make friends.

Our Commitment to Health and Safety

During the coronavirus pandemic, the health and safety of our students and their families is our highest priority.  

Learn more about how we’re staying safe through COVID-19 as our Early Childhood Education and School-Age programs are open for our families.

Mental Health & Wellness Support for Children & Youth

Individual Counseling

Students in our Early Childhood Education, School-Age, and Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) programs have access to our on-site clinical psychologist and team of graduate interns who provide those in need of socio-emotional support with individual, age-appropriate counseling to promote healthy growth and development. 

Early childhood students specifically have access to three dedicated clinicians, play therapy, and friendship groups, and parents have access to individual therapy and educational groups as well. 

School-based Supports

Working in partnership with CPS schools, our Proyecto Cuídate department offers youth Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs, violence prevention, intervention, and healing support, referrals, and workshops to support the entire school community. 

Little Village Youth Teams

In our cohort-based, youth-centered Proyecto Cuídate programs including mentorship, leadership development, support, and case management based in Little Village, we strive to build youth power, support, confidence, and positive identifies to inspire resiliency in our communities. 

And through our Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) programs, students also have the opportunity to join gender-specific groups to have a safe space for an open, honest dialogue on topics such as depression, sexuality, and managing stress. 

Healthy, Active Lifestyles

Children and youth of all ages in our programs learn about active play and exercise through our Super H initiative and get moving in our motor skills room, gym, and outdoor playground areas. 

Our Impact

Our Early Childhood Education Program is NAEYC-accredited and has received Illinois ExceleRate's highest mark: the Gold Circle of Quality.

100% of seniors in our youth programs graduate from high school and 98% go on to college.

91% of students in Early Childhood Education meet or exceed literacy expectations and 92% of our five-year-olds are Kindergarten-ready. These are critical benchmarks for future educational success.

Volunteer with us

Check out our list of volunteer positions with our programs — including virtual opportunities to get involved like tutoring and mentoring children and youth.

Support our work

You can help us continue and expand our critical work for children & youth to reach more students and families.