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Early Childhood Development

The Salvation Army Head Start and Early Head Start programs give at-risk children the same chances every child deserves.

Head Start and Early Head Start Programs

The Salvation Army Head Start and Early Head Start programs give at-risk children the same chances every child deserves. We provide comprehensive services to low-income children and families, including healthy meals and snacks, assistance with medical and dental care, educational field trips, and support services to the family. Parent involvement is encouraged and children with disabilities are welcomed. 

All families must meet the federal income guidelines (excluding homeless families) and parents must be working or in school full-time. We offer a variety of developmentally appropriate early childhood options to meet your family’s needs.

  • Early Head Start – serving children 6 weeks to 3 years old
  • Head Start – serving children 3 to 5 years old
  • Home Base – for current and potentially homeless families with children 3 to 5 years old
  • Early Head Start Home Base – serving pregnant moms and children 6 weeks to 3 years old
  • Enhanced Day Care Homes – serving children 6 weeks to 3 years old in a home day care setting
  • Day Care Partners – serving children ages 3 to 5 years old in a private day care setting

How to Get Started

Ready to apply? Complete the Early/Head Start application for your desired Salvation Army location.  Once the application is completed, we'll determine income eligibility through numerous funding sources like Child Care Assistance Program or Head Start. When enrolled your family can access our partnerships with Rush Hospital, Department of Family & Support Services and a host of other resources.

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Locations

New Hope Head Start
4255 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 772-4908

Red Shield Head Start & Early Head Start
945 W. 69th Street
Chicago, IL 60621
(773) 358-3224

Simpson Early Head Start
1321 S. Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 492-7799

Temple Head Start
1 North Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 492-6803

 

 

 

Family Outreach Initiative Home Base Head Start (for clients that are currently or potentially homeless)
845 W. 69th Street
Chicago, IL 60621
(773) 382-4702

Teen Parenting Plus Home Base
Early Head Start

845 W. 69th Street
Chicago, IL 60621
(773) 382-4705

Enhanced Day Care Homes
845 W. 69th Street
Chicago, IL 60621
(773) 382-4704

 

Creative Little Ones Academy
2809 W. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 476-2562

Creative Little Ones Academy
358 E. 71st Street #370
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 891-2151

Seeds of Joy Daycare
850 E. Eastwood Ave. 1st Floor
Chicago, IL. 60640
(773) 944-1194
 

Seeds of Joy Daycare
4343 N. Clarendon
Chicago, IL. 60613
773/857-0859

 

 

 

The Salvation Army Head Start Annual Report

If you would like to learn more about the impact of The Salvation Army Child Care development program, click here to view a copy of our 2016-2017 Annual Report.