“I found my voice”
Youth Development Services provides neighborhood youth, between the ages of 6-18, opportunities to develop leadership skills and achieve their academic goals through dynamic, evidence-based after school and summer enrichment programs.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF OPPORTUNITY WITH HEAD START
“Education is not a problem,” President Lyndon B. Johnson said 50 years ago. “Education is an opportunity” Head Start has opened that window of opportunity for the nation’s most at-risk children and families since Johnson signed legislation creating the program. From August 2014 through June 2015, the HACC Head Start community – and the nation – will celebrate our shared commitment to giving our communities’ most vulnerable children a window of opportunity unlike any other. Please visit HACC’s Early Childhood and Home Visiting Programs site to learn more about our Head Start and Early Head Start Program.
“I found my smile”
The Health and Human Services Department offers programs aimed at strengthening families and promoting healthy lifestyles. Each year over 4000 families receive vital services including case management, counseling, dental services, HIV education, testing services and medical case management,domestic violence support groups, and crisis intervention.
The Howard Area Family Center has received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.
“Every early learning and development provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority.,” said Theresa Hawley, executive director, Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. “The higher the designation, the higher the program’s demonstrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children’s early learning needs,” she said.
“We are proud to receive the Gold Circle of Quality,” said Stephania Koliarakis, Howard Area Family Center Director. “Providing quality in early learning and development will help our children in Chicago be better prepared for success in school and in life.” Gold Circle programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, and all program administrative standards; group size and staff/child ratios; staff qualifications; and professional development. For more information, please visit: ExceleRate.com.
Check this Video Out!
This video is about the Illinois budget crisis. Watch this video to see how the budget crisis is affecting your neighbors who are using Howard Area Community Center’s services.
Programs & Services
The faces of Howard Area Community Center are as vital and varied as the community we serve. We are continually evolving programs and services in response to the ever-changing needs of family, friends and neighbors here at home. From the birth of a baby to the passing of an elder, HACC assists individuals and families in the tradition of helping people help themselves. Be it immediate help in these economically challenging times, support during a crisis, a chance to connect, compassionate guidance for an ongoing problem or the opportunity to help another human being, HACC is here for you.
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