Our Head Start and Early Head Start community-based agencies provide comprehensive supports—including early learning, nutrition, home visiting, health and wellness services—that address the immediate needs of families, while also helping them plan for future success.

Our Head Start and Early Head Start community-based agencies offer children and families:

  • Social and emotional learning: A safe and nurturing early learning environment that promotes cooperation, collaboration, and social development in children
  • Family support services: An assigned family support specialist who assists you with identifying and accessing medical and dental services, ensuring your child is up-to-date on their health and immunization requirements, developing parent-child goals, and providing you resources and referrals to support your goals
  • Diverse learner assistance and support: Guidance for navigating the eligibility requirements for Early Intervention and for coordinating diverse learner services through your local public school district
  • Leadership development and engagement: Opportunities to take on leadership roles in parent committees and policy councils

Educare Chicago was founded by Start Early in 2000 as an innovative early learning program serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families on Chicago’s South Side.

Educare pairs the latest research with intensive family engagement to promote school readiness and help families work towards their goals. A pioneer and innovator in early childhood education from the very beginning, Educare Chicago has inspired the development of the Educare Learning Network, a nationwide network of birth-to-age 5 schools.

Visit EducareChicago.org