Our History & Legacy

Our History

The Carole Robertson Center for Learning was founded in 1976 by parents and other community residents who rallied to save their local after school program when its sponsoring agency closed. Since that time, the agency has grown to 10 times its original size, serving over 650 children every day from three sites on the west side of Chicago. From its modest beginning, the Center has evolved into a comprehensive family development agency.


Our Legacy

It was important to the founders that the name of the organization represented something greater than themselves, reflecting a commitment to their children and community. Mrs. Alpha A. Robertson gave permission to use the name of her late daughter Carole, who was killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Carole, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair all lost their lives in the bombing. For the past four decades, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning has had the honor and responsibility of doing work in Carole's name and in memory of the four girls.