Head Start and Early Head Start
Families and communities want the best for their children. We partner with more than 35 independently operated early childhood programs in Chicago and suburban Cook County to provide inclusive, high-quality learning for children ages 0-5 and pregnant women/expectant families.
At our directly operated centers, community-based partner centers, and home visiting programs, we work alongside parents to help children of all abilities develop a love of learning and prepare for a lifetime of success.
If you are the parent of a 0-5 year old looking for the right early learning program for your child, or if you are a licensed childcare center interested in partnership, learn more about the opportunities we offer.
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Why Head Start/Early Head Start?
Who is eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start?
Why Head Start and Early Head Start at Easterseals?
Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center and Easterseals Early Learning Center – Hickory Hills
Partner Center Locations
Home-Based Early Head Start (Home Visiting)
Information for Centers Interested in Partnership
Parent Handbooks and Supplements
Transitioning from Early Head Start to Head Start
Kindergarten Learning Moments
Transitioning to Kindergarten: Staff and Family Resources
Preschool Transition Tips
Vice President of Early Learning Services
Leslie Horwitz is the Vice President of Early Learning Services and a recognized leader with more than 25 years experience in clinical operations, business development, mergers, acquisitions, and change management.View Full Bio
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Welcome to New Senior Director of Early Learning Services, Amy Nichol
Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford is thrilled to announce Amy Nichol as our new Senior Director of Early Learning Services.
Home Visiting Program
Our Early Head Start program helps expectant moms and families with children who are between the ages of 0-3 years
Children's Books About Kindergarten
Selected Children’s Books about Kindergarten
Everyday conversations are opportunities to help your child learn new words. Talking with you each day provides time to practice good manners. Talking together about the world around you builds your child’s listening and speaking skills.
Talk, Listen, and Learn
Young children are developing their ability to express themselves through language. You can help your child build vocabulary and conversation skills by talking together.
Supporting Adult-Child Relationships
Young children thrive when the adults around them show they care. Young children learn they have value and develop a sense of self-worth through warm interactions with primary caregivers. Your children learn from your words and actions whenever they are with you.