Chicago Commons Association
About Chicago Commons
For more than 120 years, Chicago Commons’ mission has been to partner with individuals, families, and communities to overcome poverty, discrimination, and isolation. Commons provides high-quality early childhood education, family centered adult education and senior services to 3,000 children, adults and seniors annually. Programs are designed to provide the necessary tools to help strengthen skills, develop self-sufficiency, and improve the well-being of its participants.
Since its founding in 1894, Commons has been neighborhood focused, and operated in areas where residents are most at risk for poverty, violence and educational disadvantage. Today we serve four core neighborhoods including West Humboldt Park, Pilsen and Back of the Yards. The senior services program is the only program not geographically bound by those communities.
Helping Kids GO Further
Since 1894 Commons has pioneered child-centered curricula within communities of highest need, and engaged parents and families in their children’s educational achievement. Commons is a leading provider of high- quality, comprehensive early education using the Reggio Emilia approach. Through our four year-round schools located in Pilsen, West Humboldt Park and Back of the Yards, Commons serves children from ages zero to three (Early Head Start), three to five (Head Start), and five-12 with an after school program. Through 12 community partner programs, we also provide early education services in other communities across Chicago.
Commons’ schools are all NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited based on the quality of learning environment, program administration, and provider qualifications and training.
Helping Families GO Further
Chicago Commons’ Family Hub is a family engagement program that positions Commons’ four existing early childhood education schools to serve not just children, but also parents and family members. The Family Hub program meets the unique needs of both the child and parent(s) by essentially serving as a one-stop-shop for families to access services. Commons is uniquely positioned to do this, as it is one of the few agencies that already offers all the programs needed to build out this multi-generational approach. Essentially, Commons made its already existing adult education program mobile.
The Family Hubs will operate out of Commons’ four early childhood education schools and provide wrap-around services in four domains: education and training, financial support and employment, health and well-being, and leadership and advocacy. Chicago Commons partners with many organizations to deliver the Family Hub services. We use internal resources from our adult education program, which serves as a LISC Financial Opportunity Center. Partners include: The Adler School of Psychology, Latinos Progresando, Gamaliel, DePaul, El Rincon, and Cooking Matters.
Helping Seniors GO Further
Since 1981, Chicago Commons’ Senior Services program has helped seniors and adults with disabilities stay in their homes, preventing or delaying the need for institutional care. As a leader in senior care in Illinois, the program is designed to help seniors and adults with disabilities maintain their independence, quality of life and lengthen lives. Chicago Commons’ program has two parts—Adult Day Services and Home Care.