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Near South Side
Child Development Center

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  • Providing Early Head Start services to infants and toddlers six weeks through two years of age and their families living in Chicago
  • Collaborating with and located on the campus of National Teachers Academy (NTA), a Chicago Public School serving pre-K through 8th grade
  • Providing the opportunity for families to transition their child into NTA’s full-day preschool program when the child reaches the age of three

Fully Licensed and Accredited

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Programs Offered

  • Early Head Start (center based and home based)
  • Prevention Initiative “Total Learning Continuum” which supports
    the social-emotional development of infants and toddlers

Services Provided

Center Based

  • Child must be six weeks through two years of age at time of program entry
  • Full-day, year-round child care from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Caring, qualified, experienced teachers and low staff-to-child ratio
  • Pre-literacy based curriculum and individualized lesson planning
  • Breakfast, lunch and snack provided
  • Inclusive setting for children with and without disabilities
  • Comprehensive program includes health, nutrition, parent involvement and family support services

Home Based

  • Serves pregnant women and children birth through two years of age
  • Parents and children receive weekly home visits by early care and education professionals
  • Monthly group activities
  • Comprehensive program includes health, nutrition, parent involvement and family support services

To Qualify

  • Meet the Head Start Income Guidelines
  • For center based, parent(s) must be working or in school/training, qualify
    for the Childcare Assistance Program and pay an income based co-payment

Special Events

  • Celebration of the "Week of the Young Child" annually in April
  • Free one-day symposium, open to parents and professionals,
    “Supporting the Social-Emotional Development of Children Birth to Five”
    annually in June

(Please Note Our New Address!)

For more information, please contact:
Cathy Rokusek, Program Manager
Near South Side Children's Development Center
2214 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL  60616
773-548-3614 Phone
773-548-3688 Fax

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