Head Start and Child Care, Photo: Jo Ann Dollard

Head Start and Child Care

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) early childhood programs have been in existence for more than 40 years, providing high quality, diverse and culturally sensitive services for children and families in some of Chicago's most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods (Humboldt Park, Austin, Rogers Park, and Uptown). All of LSSI's centers are NAEYC-accredited*  and receive Head Start, Preschool for All and Child Care funding through city, state and federal sources.

Our mission is to create a stimulating learning environment that promotes social competency and school readiness for preschool age children who are academically and economically at risk. Our goal is to strive for excellence at every opportunity and at all times by empowering, strengthening and supporting families. The development of meaningful and resourceful community partnerships assist in providing quality services for children.

LSSI strives to provide services for children who are 2-5 years of age, with or without disabilities. Programming is designed to develop students' social skills and school readiness. The curriculum covers the essential goals to prepare children for successful kindergarten transition.  Awareness of letters, sounds, numbers, comparative thinking, literacy, large muscle skill development, critical thinking and problem solving skills —coupled with exposure to computers, early math, reading, science, manners, nutrition, healthy hygiene habits, socialization skills and much more  — provide key fundamentals for latter school success. The program includes:

  • Qualified degreed bilingual teaching staff who love to teach children
  • Computers in every classroom
  • Free field trips
  • Parent engagement activities and workshops
  • Nutritious meals every day
  • Children with special needs welcomed
  • Beautiful, well-structured playgrounds
  • Safe and secure  facilities

*National Association for the Education of Young Children

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Phone: 847/390-1445

Child Care

LSSI also provides full-day child care for 2-year-olds of working parents — or those who are attending school  — at Winthrop Children's Center in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. The goal is to provide developmentally appropriate care to children and supportive services to their families. LSSI's child care services are publicly funded (a co-payment is assessed based on family income).

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773/237-1930 North Austin Head Start
773/262-3366 Rogers Park Children's Center
773/278-9332 Trinidad Head Start
773/878-3210 Winthrop Children's Center

LSSI is an Illinois Licensed Child Welfare Agency - License #013005