To provide twice monthly workshops to guide, support, and educate agency staff in the subjects of social-emotional learning, trauma-informed care, and culture of calm.
To host trauma-informed art and movement therapy for the agency’s youth, while supporting staff through workshops to support teacher self-care and mindfulness practices.
Additional training for early childhood teachers to integrate new technology systems into the classroom setting for students who are continuing remote learning.
To support equity initiatives for the early education team, including providing resource tools to teachers to integrate equity into the early childhood classroom curriculum.
To infuse Social Emotional Learning into existing parent programming at all Chicago Public Schools in the Little Village neighborhood, serving 200 low-income children and their families.
To expand the SEL parent program called the Child Parent Academy (CPA) to 22 sites.
To expand programs infused with Social Emotional Learning to parent engagement programs at all 11 sites serving 750 middle and high school students and 250 parents and caregivers.
To create a Parent SEL curriculum, training model, and professional development materials. This program will take place at four sites and will serve more than 350 children and 400 parents (2018-2022). COVID-19 emergency relief grant to provide access to child care for essential workers and first responders (2020).
To expand its evidence-based SEL program model provided to the families living in its shelters for women and their children in Auburn Gresham, Englewood and North Lawndale. This program will reach approximately 200 children and parents (2018-2022). COVID-19 emergency relief grant to provide shelter and food for homeless families with children (2020).
To expand its partnership with Chicago Public Schools to provide free SEL-based support, training and ongoing feedback to parents and caregivers of children who have severe behavioral and emotional problems at an additional 25 schools, reaching more than 3,000 children and parents
To to formally incorporate SEL into its existing mental health programs, including developing and implementing the new Family‐Centered Coaching model to provide a holistic and collaborative approach to working with families to identify needs and set goals for children who have been victims of sexual abuse (2019-2022). COVID-19 emergency relief grant to provide support services to abused children.
To expand the Parent Mentor Program (PMP), a program that places parents in the classrooms to assist teachers in often under‐funded and understaffed classroom, to incorporate resorative justice practices into the program and train parents in this model.
To combat the racism and racial profiling that many Arab youth and their families experience at the hands of law enforcement
To develop, nurture, and support social justice leadership; to prepare youth for social justice jobs/internships; and to learn and practice healing and wellness skills and incorporate them into daily life
To support youth-led advocacy projects that help girls to enhance their leadership skills and and activate their voices for change in their schools and communities
To support 12 to 18 year-olds to take actionable steps to resolve issues in their community and introduce youth to skills and strategies to approach people in positions of powers such as elected representatives at the local, city and state levels.
To support a comprehensive system for early detection for children birth to three years old with special needs in the Riverdale community.
To support kindergarten readiness through assessment tools and strategies. Serving 50 children, 96% of whom are low-income.
For implementing Attachment, Self-Regulation & Competency (ARC) Framework into classrooms at 3 agencies serving 300 children on the west side of Chicago (2015) and to strengthen peer reflective processes at the Early Learning academy (2017).
For Head Start educational tablet learning program serving 80 low-income children in Evanston.
To provide ongoing home visiting and weekly parent engagement and support programs for more then 350 children and 75 parents in the Brighton Park and Gage Park Communities.
For teacher support systems at 2 agencies serving 403 children in North Lawndale and Little Village (2015) and to support GOLD implementation assessment and improvements for agencies on the West side of Chicago. (2017)
To implement the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Instructional Support Training (2018). For trauma and brain development training at early childhood education agencies in Humboldt Park (2015).
To overhaul youth and family support programs by infusing Social Emotional Learning in to all aspects of youth services. Serving 180 refugee children and 140 refugee parents and caregivers.
To develop a framework that builds the capacity of staff at 7+ sites in the Chicago Metropolitan Area to increase parent engagement around Social Emoitonal Learning.
To expand the EPIC program (Empowering Parents,Inspiring Child) program tailored for pregnant and parenting teens, which serves as a support for parents while also teaching SEL skills and the importance of reading with children.
COVID-19 emergency relief grant to provide support services and shelter to abused women and their children.
For peer-facilitated, community-based programs that encourage Social Emotional Learning competencies in parents so that they support children's learning, self-regulation and value development. This program will occur at 5 sites serving 300 low-income children living in South Chicago, Englewood, South Shore, Auburn Gresham and Austin.
To support the Breakthrough Beginners Parent Education program (2018), and the creation of sensory spaces within early childhood classrooms serving low-income children (2017).
To support becoming a trauma-informed agency by training teachers how to identify children who are suffering from current or past trauma, how to communicate with their parents, and how to address secondary trauma that they, themselves, may experience working with their clients
To create a classroom lending library to ensure that each client household has age-appropriate print materials for children to access, and to assist parents (many who are non-native English speakers) on how to engage their children in reading at home.
To build the capacity of Child and Family Connection to provide infants, toddlers, and their caregivers who have experienced trauma with relationship-based, trauma-informed services to support the child’s recovery and promote the child’s growth and development.
To expand the reach and impart of the school's garden to ensure fresh produce is available for each of the 100 early childhood students, 98% of whom live below the poverty line.
For parent engagement programs serving low-income children in Evanston.
To embed a trauma-informed approach into the early childhood programming at the Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child & Family Center.
To provide trauma-informed support and systems within the juvenile justice community so that vulnerable populations receive trauma-informed representation and advocacy. Partners include the Office of Cook County Public Guardian (OPG) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Cook and Lake County (2014-2016). COVID-19 emergency relief grant to provide low-income families with low to no cost mental health services for children (2020).
To partner with diverse, youth-serving organizations in North Lawndale to provide trauma-informed training tailored to each organizations needs. Partners include Better Boys Foundation, LAMP, Alternative Schools Network, American Red Cross, Association House High School (An Alternative Schools Network School), Chicago History Museum, Chicago Lights, Communities IN Schools of Chicago, Holy Family School, Ingenuity, Lakeview High School, Urban Gateways, and WITS (Working In the Schools).
To maximize the understanding and efficacy of Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) for teachers and parents alike as a means of enhancing teacher-child interactions, activities, and intntional learning. Serving 117 children, 100% of whom are low-income.
To engage staff in how to create and implement a new perpetual tool of Portfolios for each of the 50 pre-kindergarten children enrolled in the childcare center, 80% of whom live below the poverty line.
To incorporate and strengthen a trauma-informed approach at 3 child-serving agencies in Quincy, Illinois.
To partner with 7 after-school agencies across the state to provide training for staff, assess policies and procedures and ultimately create sites that can serve as models of understanding how trauma affects children. Partner agencies include The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Peoria, Chicago Youth Centers, Erie Neighborhood House, Glen Ellyn Children’s Research Center, Illinois After School Network, Project High Hopes-Aunt Martha’s Youth Center, Youth Organization Umbrella, and Youth with a Positive Direction.
To provide strong trauma-informed training and support at 3 agencies in the Roseland community including Impact Family Center and Phalanx Family Services, KLEO, and Intertwine Counseling.
For programs celebrating language and literacy serving 75 toddlers and two-year-olds on the north side of Chicago.
For art and music appreciation program serving 54 disadvantaged children in Austin.
For teaching a trauma-informed approach to early childhood education in agencies serving nearly 800 children throughout the city of Chicago.
For infant mental health programs serving 30 children in North Center community.
To promote a conscious discipline program serving 116 children on Chicago's northside.
To adapt the Healing Hurt People trauma program to the emergency room setting at Comer and Stroger Hospitals.
For the state-wide public awareness campaign on childhood trauma "Look Through Their Eyes" in partnership with Voices for Illinois Children.
To provide trauma-informed training at partner agencies Apna Ghar in Uptown, Habilitative Systems Inc. at multiple sites on the west side , and the ARK of St. Sabina in Englewood.
For continuity of care program for children ages birth to 3 at Lincoln Park agency.
For programs supporting behavioral health and social emotional development of disadvantaged children from birth to five in the city of Chicago.
To create programs with full inclusion of special needs students at multiple agencies serving children in south and west Chicago.
To support early literacy program in early childhood education centers located in Bronzeville.
“FEEL Fit +” project served 150 children in Rogers Park. This unique program led by teen girls consists of experiential and interactive nutrition and fitness-focused programming including cooking, gardening and other engaging activities.
“Promoting Health Through Better Nutritional Choices” project, served 60 children in the south suburb of Chicago Heights and includes nutrition, cooking and physical fitness classes, parent engagement and an assessment of the food offered through its Food Pantry.