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Head Start Program

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To get your child enrolled in an Easterseals serving Chicagoland & Greater Rockford Head Start\Early Head Start, fill out our online application.

At Easterseals serving Chicagoland & Greater Rockford, we partner with early childhood centers in the greater Chicagoland area, including south and west suburbs of Cook County, to provide the Head Start/Early Head Start program to eligible children and families. 

Our Locations: Head Start Programs Near You

Chicago Locations

Easterseals serving Chicagoland & Greater Rockford partners with private childcare centers in the city of Chicago.

South Suburban Locations

Easterseals serving Chicagoland & Greater Rockford partners with private childcare centers in south suburban Cook County.

West Suburban Locations

Easterseals serving Chicagoland & Greater Rockford partners with private childcare centers in west suburban Cook County.

Download a map of all of our Head Start program locations

We aim to promote school readiness in young at-risk children, regardless of ability, from families who are socio-economically, environmentally, or developmentally disadvantaged. We have both center-based and home-based programs that combine high-quality early learning experiences for children with resources and services to support the entire family as well as educators. Our Head Start/Early Head Start programs are known to provide high-quality family-centered education for preschool age children from birth to 5 years of age. 

Easterseals serving Chicagoland & Greater Rockford Early Services Department is funded by two separate grants for Head Start/Early Head Start Services. We are a grantee of the Office of Head Start for services provided in suburban Cook County and a delegate of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services for services provided in Chicago. Easterseals serving Chicagoland & Greater Rockford is also an awardee of the Illinois State Board of Education for Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative in suburban Cook County. We are a grantee of the Office of Head Start for services provided in suburban Cook County and a delegate of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services for services provided in Chicago.

To learn even more about our Head Start program to see if it’s right for your family, take a look at the Parent Handbook
From direct family support services and coaching to help with data entry, program monitoring and technical assistance, professional development, connections to community resources, and assistance with facility needs and supplies...We provide excellent resources to each Head Start Center. We've made it quick and easy for you to apply for Head Start/Early Head Start services.

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Head Start Portal

The Benefits

Head Start/Early Head Start provides hands-on, comprehensive quality services giving children and their families the opportunity for a brighter future and a head start to success. Learn more about the benefits.

Head Start/Early Head Start Teams

As a result of joint planning, direct support services, ongoing monitoring, and professional development, sites achieve full compliance in all content areas. Sites have access to the following resources.

Parent Handbook

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Easterseals is funded by two separate grants for Head Start/Early Head Start Services. We are a grantee of the Office of Head Start for services provided in suburban Cook County and a delegate of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services for services provided in Chicago. Easterseals is also an awardee of the Illinois State Board of Education for Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative in suburban Cook County. We are a grantee of the Office of Head Start for services provided in suburban Cook County and a delegate of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services for services provided in Chicago.

Annual reports: Chicago FY2018 Annual ReportSuburban 2017-2018 Annual ReportChicago FY2017 Annual ReportSuburban 2016-2017 Annual Report

Easterseals Head Start/Early Head Start Offices
4415 W. Harrison Street, Suite 510
Hillside, IL 60162
708.330.4490
headstart@eastersealschicago.org

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