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You can contribute to your community while advancing your professional growth at Chicago Commons.

For 130 years, Chicago Commons has been dedicated to fostering growth and prosperity in under-resourced communities. This has been true since we opened one of Chicago’s first kindergartens in the 1890s, and we serve over 3,500 individuals each year.

Our team enables families and individuals to thrive across generations.

A Diverse, Equitable & Inclusive Culture

We’re committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion at Chicago Commons. We aim to ensure that every individual working here feels respected and valued, irrespective of age, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, national origin, etc.

Aligned with our mission of fostering opportunities for all to thrive, we actively promote equity in our workplace. We aim to cultivate a welcoming and supportive environment for our staff, mirroring the inclusive spaces we create for our communities.

Follow the link for our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.

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Our Work Makes a Difference

With a team of over 800 professionals and continuously expanding, Chicago Commons is a people-centric organization with compassionate and caring team members, many of whom reside in the communities we serve. Our workforce is comprised of:

  • Early Childhood Education teachers
  • Family workers
  • Home Care aides
  • Accountants
  • Other dedicated professional and support staff

Our Values


We prioritize the needs and well-being of our team members and those we serve in everything we do.


We show genuine concern and empathy for each other and the individuals and families we support.


We approach our work with kindness, understanding, and a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.


We strive for excellence in all aspects of our work, delivering services and programs that meet the highest standards of quality and effectiveness.

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Career Opportunities

In 2021, Chicago Commons and its partners were awarded a $23 million yearly, five-year Head Start grant. We continue to scale up to meet the needs of Chicago’s youngest residents and further our mission of providing high-quality Early Childhood Education. Visit our early childhood education page to learn more about the communities we serve and our centers.

Featured Opportunities

Early Childhood Education Teachers and Assistants

Full-Time, Year-Round and Seasonal Positions

  • Four types of teaching positions available
  • Each requires different credentials based on children’s age group and role
  • Four early care centers across Chicago serving children from birth to age 5
  • Competitive salaries and benefits

Home Care Aides

Part-Time and Full-Time positions

  • Flexible hours
  • Qualify for health benefits at 15 hours/week
  • Earn paid time off
  • Paid training and paid travel
  • High School graduate or GED, or experience in care for a dependent child or adult family member
  • Work available in Chicago and suburbs

Competitive Salaries and Benefits

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • Employer Paid Disability Insurance
  • Paid Vacation, Sick and Holiday’s
  • 403(b) Plan and Employer Match
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts


We encourage you to connect directly with our Talent Team. 

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