Early Childhood Program

Working class families with young children often have limited affordable daycare options. The Onward House Early Childhood Education Program for children ages 2 to 5 is designed to meet the needs of children and parents seeking to better their lives. The year-round, full day, pre-school services allows parents to work full time, pursue their education, and support their families without having to worry about their child's safety and educational development. Our site based and home based programs serve 67 children.


Onward House's Early Childhood Education Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in recognition of our programming excellence—a prestigious accreditation earned by less than 10% of all day-care providers nationwide. Onward House has also instituted a formal curriculum for the classrooms, the Creative Curriculum, which promotes the cognitive, linguistic, social, and physical development of young children. All children in the Early Childhood Program are served a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack.

Enrolled children are served through two program options:

In addition to children served through our Center Based or Home Based programs, Onward House serves an additional 190 children with Head Start services through our Partnership Program with four private providers located throughout Chicago.

Program fees are determined along a sliding scale.

Parents participating in the Early Childhood Program are required to be in school or working a minimum of 25 hours per week.

Hours of Operation:

2013-2014 Early Head Start and Head Start Annual Report (PDF)

2014-2015 Early Head Start and Head Start Annual Report (PDF)

For more information regarding Onward House's Early Childhood program, contact Yolanda Colon at 773-622-3215 or ycolon@onwardhouse.org

Our Mission

The mission of Onward Neighborhood House is to empower families and individuals in need to achieve their full potential in a community-based setting through participant-driven educational, recreational and social service programs.

Onward House Locations

Administrative Offices
5413 W. Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639

Belmont Cragin
5423 W. Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639

Contact Us
Ph: 773.622.3215
Fax: 773.622.4074

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