The modern center features a large, centrally located, oval-shaped, two-story play area surrounded by 14 classrooms. It directly accommodates more than 200 children–newborn to 5 years of age–and serves thousands through its community support programs.
The Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child & Family Center is located in a state-of-the-art, 32,000 square-foot facility that opened in early 2007. The center supports a wide range of programs serving children and parents including Head Start, Early Head Start, Child Care Referral, Computer Literacy, GED Parental Education, Parent Support Services, Job Readiness Training, Raising A Reader*, and Subsequent Pregnancy Prevention.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally-funded, community-based program for low-income families with infants, toddlers, or pregnant women. Its mission is simple: to enhance the development of very young children, promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, and promote healthy family functioning.
Head Start offers educational, health, disability, mental health, nutrition and social services to children from birth to 5 years of age. Educational services are designed to meet the child’s individual interests. Learning experiences are planned to foster total growth and developmental skills. Children participate in music, art, language, literacy, dramatic play, math, science, and computer activities.
Raising A Reader
*The Raising A Reader program marries two of the Early Childhood Care & Education Centers’ goals: 1) to ensure that children are “kindergarten ready” when they leave the program at age five and 2) to work with parents and caregivers to support their involvement in the education of their children.
For more information about the center, contact:
Children’s Home & Aid
Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child & Family Center
1701 West 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60636
The Center has received a Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois.