In May 2017, the Children’s Center opened its first early learning satellite center in partnership with Childcare Network of Evanston. Our Head Start Program is located in Evanston’s 5th Ward to ensure all children ages 3 – 5 are ready for Kindergarten by building curriculum around children’s interests and developmental stages. Family members are valued as partners in supporting their children’s learning and growth.
Our Head Start Program serves the following age groups:
Preschool/Threes & Fours
(age by Sept. 1)
- Guided play and self-directed play go hand-in-hand as children develop a sense of independence. Children build relationships with their peers as teachers support their social-emotional needs. Our teachers use their understanding of child development to implement small and large-group activities to further grow children’s knowledge of core subject areas such as literacy, science, math, and social studies as well as the arts.
Learn more how our Head Start Program supports children’s growth and development through a variety of services:
Children’s readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. As relationships develop through play and through planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. They progress in social-emotional skills, language and literacy learning, cognitive, and physical development.
Community Connections – We believe it is important to instill a feeling of belonging in every child. Our community is full of rich and diverse opportunities to teach children the value of their neighborhood and of those who live in it. We achieve this by taking active walks in the neighborhood, visiting local community helpers, inviting guest speakers into the classroom, and taking field trips to local businesses and educational sites.
Music – Music develops language and gives children an outlet of self-expression. Our music teacher visits once a week to introduce basic music concepts to our classrooms.
Each child’s perceptual, motor and physical development is nurtured, permitting them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and developmental screenings, nutritious meals, oral health, and mental health support.
Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Parents are asked to be involved in Head Start by serving on policy and planning committees and volunteering when possible. Our program supports and strengthens parent-child relationships and engages families around their children’s learning and development.
Our teachers are selected for their expertise, enthusiasm, and experience. They look forward to working with children every morning and our staff retention rates reflect that. All of our lead teachers have college-level studies in child development and education, and they complete extensive training in age-appropriate program planning, CPR/AED, First-Aid, and child abuse prevention. Reference checks and extensive background checks are performed to ensure the safety of all children.
To visit or to learn more about the Children’s Center’s Head Start program, please contact Teyona James-Harris, Site Director, at TeyonaJ@mcgawymca.org or 847-859-6301.