Family Focus Hyde Park, the headquarters and corporate office of Family Focus, is the hub for many of our early childhood, young adult, and family support programs serving South Side Chicago and the suburbs. Family Focus Hyde Park services Hyde Park, Kenwood, Washington Park, Woodland, Roseland, and Washington Heights.
Located at 5467 S. University Ave, our Hyde Park Preschool is open from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and serves children from 6 weeks to 5 years old.
We offer the Head Start program as a partner of Start Early and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. Our teachers are accredited, and our seven state-of-the-art classrooms are filled with educational toys and learning tools, featuring age-appropriate centers for science, literacy, block building and construction, dramatic play and clay, paint, sand, and water exploration. We also have a large outdoor learning environment with play areas for different ages.
Our program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is a Gold Circle Quality Program as designated by Excelerate Illinois and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the City of Chicago departments including Board of Health, Fire Department, Building, Sanitation, and Ventilation. The preschool program includes all-day classes, medical and dental check-ups, parent meetings, family literacy and STEM nights, and additional family support services.
The Hyde Park facility offers:
Judith Stofer Block Library: The library houses two computers and over 1,000 books that are available for students to check out and take home for story time with their families. By doing so, we help close the literacy gap that exists for children of circumstance residing in low-income communities.
Peggy Carr Nature Education Center: The outdoor Nature Education Center allows students to experience the wonder of nature, the lifespan of butterflies, and the migration of birds. Students witness and learn firsthand how things develop by growing their own vegetables and using them in their meals at the center.
KABOOM! Playground: The playground is in a secured space outdoors and has three sections for different ages of children. The private and safe environment facilitates the development of gross motor skills and remains a place where children can play, explore, learn, and thrive outside.
Safety and Security: A receptionist monitors the front door, and all visitors are required to check in and show photo ID. The playground area is enclosed by a tall fence, and the gates are always fastened. With 24-hour video surveillance and staff involvement, the center is always being monitored.
Parent Engagement: We know it’s important for parents to be involved in their children’s education, even in preschool. To ensure this is possible, we send home weekly progress notes, hold regular parent-teacher conferences, provide parental observation opportunities, and use an online parent portal site for parents to keep up with their child’s progress.
We also have a Parent Policy Council, which is a group of volunteer parents who work together to support the social and academic goals of our preschools. This is an opportunity for parents to voice their concerns, meet other parents and actively participate in their child’s preschool experience.
How to enroll:
For general information about our preschool centers or to schedule a tour, please contact Claudia Rivera, assistant director of Early Childhood Programs, 773-643-0452, Ext. 2470, or Claudia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Focus Hyde Park is currently offering after-school programming at Ruggles Elementary and Tanner Elementary.