We serve children ages 6 weeks to 15 years in classroom settings at our sites in North Lawndale and Little Village.
Infant Toddler Development Program
The Infant Toddler Development Program provides full-day, year-round care and education for children aged 6 weeks through 3 years. Children are educated and nurtured in classroom environments that support healthy development and growth as they begin to learn the skills needed to be successful in school. An emphasis is placed on responding to children’s natural cues, providing continuity of care, and building strong and consistent relationships between children, parents, and staff.
Early Childhood Education Program
The Early Childhood Education Program promotes positive development in children aged 3 through 5 years in a classroom setting and prepares them for future success in school. A mixture of creative programming help children develop skills, confidence, and an enthusiasm for learning with experiences in language, literacy, computers, math, science, music, art, nutrition, and outdoor play.
After School Enrichment Program
The After School Enrichment Program serves children from Kindergarten through age 15 in a classroom setting. School age children are provided a framework of academic support and enrichment activities, including literacy, music and fine arts, and physical activity. This program expands to full-day during the summer and when schools are closed during the year.
Legacy Charter School
Legacy Charter School partners with the Carole Robertson Center for Learning and provides Kindergarten readiness for children aged 4 through 5 years in 2 separate school classrooms. The Center employs staff in these classrooms and utilizes the same creative programming as in our center-based programs.
The Carole Robertson Center for Learning Home Visiting programs provide home-based services for pregnant women and regular home visits focused on physical, social-emotional, and cognitive interactions, activities, and experiences between the caregiver-child (birth to age six) dyad. The weekly home visits are coupled with monthly group socialization activities for families with infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children. These programs expand our array of early childhood services to meet the growing demand of families that prefer to receive services in the familiarity of their own home.
Our Program Models
Our program models, Early Head Start/Head Start and Prevention Initiative, serve pregnant women with the Pregnancy Pathways curriculum; mandatory postpartum screenings; and home visits, prenatal assessments, and appropriate dental and medical services tailored to the needs of the mother. All home visiting programs utilize the Parents as Teachers curriculum for families with children, which acknowledges the parent as the foremost expert on his or her child. With this as the guiding principle, home visitors develop a strong partnership with the family and support the parent’s growth, parent-child interactions, development-centered parenting, and family well-being. All programs utilize Teaching Strategies’ GOLD as their validated assessment tool. The Carole Robertson Center provides diapers, baby formula, and nutritious snacks during each home visit, and regularly asks families if there is anything specific they need for their child. Annually, we serve about 60 pregnant women and children through our home visiting programs across communities on the west side of Chicago.
Family Support Services span all programs to provide social service support and concrete assistance to parents and families served by the Center. All programs are also enriched with the following Program Enrichments: Music and Fine Arts Education, Family Literacy Development Program, and the Bilingual Immersion Program.
Bilingual Immersion Program
The Bilingual Immersion Program enables each classroom at the Center to alternate instruction in English and Spanish to support child language development in both home and second languages. On-site English classes for parents are also provided.
Family Literacy Development Program
The Family Literacy Development Program is an agency-wide initiative that provides a print-rich environment and fosters a love of books, reading, and learning in all families. A range of family literacy activities, parent workshops, and take-home materials are provided.
Family Support Services
Family Support and Social Services span all programs to provide concrete assistance and education to all parents and families served by the Center, including parent classes, advocacy education, and family activities. All families are provided with social service support, intervention/counseling, screenings, assessments, linkages to health services, and special needs support when needed.
Music and Fine Arts Education
Music and Fine Arts Education is integrated throughout all center-based programs. Children under the age of 6 participate in weekly music education, learning songs from around the world, playing instruments, and exploring musical concepts. School age children can participate in a brass and percussion ensemble and arts workshops including dance, studio art, theatre, and technology-based design.
The Carole Robertson Center for Learning additionally partners with Rachel's Learning Center, Family Focus, and Legacy Charter School in order to extend our reach to more communities in Chicago. The Center employs staff at Legacy Charter school and provides monitoring and support for Rachel's Learning Center and Family Focus.
Family Child Care Home Network
The Carole Robertson Center recognizes the importance of parental choice and the need to ensure high quality across all settings that serve young children’s learning and development, including family child care. For more than two decades, the Center has supported a network of family child care homes, which receive training, compliance, and technical assistance from qualified subject matter experts within our organization. The Family Child Care Home Network provides high-quality care and education for children aged 6 weeks through 5 years in family child care homes, and some of these slots are Early Head Start and Head Start allocations from the Carole Robertson Center. Our network of over 10 homes has providers who are licensed, and all of their staff are credentialed. Services provided through this network meet the same high-quality standards, research-based curriculum, and assessment tools as center-based programs while taking into consideration the unique settings of each home and family preferences. Our FCCN and the families in their programs access the same support, resources, networks, and guidance as other Carole Robertson Center programs. By providing workshops and guidance to family child care home providers on curriculum, assessment, and continuous quality improvement, we are able to give them the necessary tools to elevate quality in their entire program.
The Center partners with other early childhood education organizations to extend our reach and share our expertise and commitment to high-quality learning and development. We provide support, technical assistance, training, and monitoring services to our partner organizations, using tools, curricula, training, and best practices also used in center- and home-based programs. In some of our partnerships, we provide qualified and experienced Carole Robertson Center staff to work in classrooms. All of these partnerships allow us to support organizations on their journey to provide research-based, high-quality programming that leads to positive impact in communities we serve.
To see our list of current partnerships, please click here: CRCL Partnerships 2018-2019.
Carole Robertson Center for Learning has been a Community Partner program of Illinois Action for Children since 2001. The Community Partner Program provides training, resources, and technical assistance to child care professionals, center-based teachers, family child care home providers, and staff assistants. The program’s service area includes the west and southwest side of Chicago, as well as the western suburbs. Trainings are provided in both English and Spanish.
Some examples of trainings include:
• Child Development Health and Safety Basics
• What is CCAP?
• CPR & First Aid
To see our latest training calendar, please click here: Winter 2019 Trainings.
- In 1985, the Center introduced youth and family programming.
- A preschool program, bilingual services, and a second location were added in 1989.
- In 1998, a Family Child Care Home Network was introduced, offering quality full-day year-round programs for children from six weeks through five years old in licensed provider homes.
- In 2000 and 2001, the Center introduced two family resource centers, tripling in size and adding center-based services for children under age three.
- Home-based services began in 2007.