Success Starts Here

CYC’s Early Childhood Program engages children early and works with families so children enter kindergarten ready and eager to learn and successfully transition through all phases of their academic experience.

CYC’s Early Childhood Education Program enables children to develop the cognitive and social-emotional skills needed to persist and succeed in school. Through our expert staff, commitment to research, intentional program delivery, and collaborative partnerships, we provide transformative education and support so children can begin to experience their possibility and promise. 

 The children in our programs work with qualified teachers to experience:

  • A structured curriculum

  • Literacy and STEM enrichment

  • Creative arts

  • Language development

  • Social-emotional learning

  • Family engagement

  • ... and more!

CYC offers Early Learning programs in Riverdale, Bridgeport, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, and South Shore. Please contact the Center you are interested in learning more about how to get your child enrolled. We offer rolling applications for youth between the ages of 18 months to 5 years old.

Additionally, we work with a number of partner sites to provide effective programming.

Family Engagement

Family Engagement is a especially important to our Head Start program. We empower families to create a sense of well-being at home and nurture strong relationships between parents and children. We work with a Parent Policy Committee to ensure that we are meeting the most pressing needs of our families and communities. We also conduct home visits, host parent conferences, and work with parents as volunteers at our Centers. Throughout the year, we offer a variety of parent engagement activities and workshops, addressing topics including:

  • Developing Parent Leadership

  • Educational “At-Home” Activities

  • Inspiring Literacy Among Your Children

  • Parenting Programs (YOU Program)

  • Goal Setting with your Children

  • Family Nights

  • Financial Literacy

  • Health and Nutrition Classes

To learn more, or enroll your child today, contact Talina Carter-Bowie at talina.carter-bowie@chicagoyouthcenters.org.