At each of our four early childhood education centers, we serve the whole family. To promote child well-being and prepare our children for kindergarten success, Chicago Commons’ Family Hub provides parents/primary caregivers with a broad range of supportive services and educational opportunities. Our Family Hub staff make it convenient for our parents to attend free workshops at each center. Family Hub programs empower families to overcome poverty, systemic barriers, and embrace opportunities.
Chicago Commons addresses the multifaceted needs of families with young children and families that care for older adults through its Family Hub program. The Family Hub offers health and wellness, employment services, and financial wellness through workshops and one-on-one coaching.
The Family Hub’s all-inclusive, multigenerational approach improves economic mobility and family well-being. For families with young children, research indicates that integrating services across generations does more for children’s long-term well-being than serving parents or children in isolation. Furthermore, Chicago Commons’ programs improve the quality of life for seniors and their caregivers by addressing economic, physical, and emotional health and wellness.
Family Hub helps parents:
- Manage their finances
- Improve their physical and mental health
- Gain employment and job-readiness skills
- Increase digital literacy
- Advocate for themselves, their children, and their communities
Pathways for Parents
Family Hub’s Pathways for Parents program provides the stepping stones for a career in early childhood education. This cohort-based program offers fully subsidized college courses conveniently located at one of our early education centers, guidance to become qualified as a teacher’s assistant, and help with transportation, meals, and childcare. After earning just six college credits, participants are qualified to be hired as a Teacher’s Aide in early education.