The Carole Robertson Center for Learning is named in memory of Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair — the four girls who were tragically killed in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement.
The Carole Robertson Center evolved in response to the voiced needs of our families. Since the Center’s inception, we have added many programs to meet community need. Current offerings include: center–based and home-based child development programs for children from birth through five years of age, school age and youth programming for children and teens through age 18, extensive family support, social services, and parent education activities, adult education and community training, and imbedded program enhancements including music education, family literacy, family health education, and volunteers.
The Carole Robertson Center for Learning is dedicated to nurturing, supporting, and strengthening family life through quality child, youth, and family development programs. The Center serves Metropolitan Chicago families and facilitates community advocacy on child and family issues.
The agency was founded in 1976 by parents and other community residents who rallied to save their local school age program when its sponsoring agency closed. These visionary neighborhood parents created a governance structure that assured parents would hold the dominant voices in agency leadership and management. From its modest beginning, the Center has evolved into a comprehensive family development agency. Since 1976, the Center has grown to ten times its original size.