The Y’s Head Start program combines a nurturing and happy educational environment with a curriculum designed to stimulate intellectual, social, and emotional growth. Children learn while they play, make new friends, and get the care they need to grow and thrive as they prepare for kindergarten and beyond. Family members are valued as partners in supporting their children’s learning and growth.

McGaw YMCA Head Start Program

Head Start Preschool (Threes & Fours)

The Y’s Head Start Preschool program inspires curiosity and learning and prepares children for kindergarten. The program features a curriculum focused on Kindergarten Readiness, Social Emotional Learning, and Creative Learning. Our teachers build on knowledge through Focus Areas of Development, enrichment activities, stories, and exploration in the community. Family members are included as valued partners in supporting their children’s learning and growth.

Social-emotional growth is supported so that each child has the confidence to explore, learn, play, and build healthy relationships with their peers while developing a sense of independence and preparing for kindergarten. Daily schedules include visits to our large-motor spaces, enrichment classes, and opportunities to learn through exploration.

Participants enjoy: 

  • Breakfast, lunch and two snacks 
  • Outdoor and indoor play 
  • Field trips to explore music, art, dance, and STEAM

Head Start is open on all regular District 65 school days.

Ages: 3-5
Days/Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Optional Extended Hours: 7:30-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Program Location:
McGaw YMCA at Family Focus

Program Fee: 6+ hours of care for no / low cost - enrollment for this program is based on family income.

How to Enroll

To enroll by phone, call the Childcare Network of Evanston at 847-644-4328 to check your eligibility.

To enroll by email, send an email to [email protected] and then [email protected].

To enroll online, complete the application at the link below.

To learn more about the program, call the McGaw Y Head Start team at 224-348-4527.


McGaw YMCA at Family Focus
2010 Dewey Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201


If you need assistance or have questions about our programs, please contact our Child Care & Education team.

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