Family Focus South Shore

Our South Shore center is located at 7037 S Stony Island Ave and serves children 6 weeks to 5 years old. The center is open from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. We offer the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Program as a Delegate of the Department of Family and Support Services, and the Head Start program as a Delegate of Start Early. Our teachers are credentialed and our 11 state-of-the-art classrooms are filled with educational resources 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 for children 6 weeks to 5 years old.

Our curriculum reflects the best modern early childhood research regarding developmentally appropriate activities, including the Illinois Early Learning Standards, National Association for the Education of Young Children, State Pre-K Assessments and Guidance, Scholastic Early Learning Materials, Creative Curriculum Guidance, and Work Sampling.


Our Global Citizenship program is dedicated to empowering children and helping them learn to respect and appreciate all people.  This unique program uses a project approach to explore the similarities and differences among cultures.  Our children become confident in their own culture, and eagerly embrace opportunities to learn new concepts.  Through this approach, children also gain important school-readiness skills including:

Independent learning

● Critical Thinking

● Intercultural understanding

● Confidence

● Creative problem solving

● Team work


While all of our facilities provide clean, safe, and modern spaces for children, we are especially proud of our professionally designed playgrounds. Our playgrounds are fun, challenging, and appropriate for all children ages 12 months through 6 years old. During our Outdoor Activity periods, the children are able to be physically active while participating in developmental activities.


  • For enrollment information for children ages birth to 3 please contact Isamar Hernandez, Family Support Specialist, at (773) 363-3200 extension 213 or [email protected].
  • For enrollment information for children ages 3 to 5 please contact Eboni Barker, Lead Family Support Specialist Supervisor at (773) 363-3200 extension 214 or [email protected].

To learn more about our South Shore center in general, or take a tour, please contact Phyllis White at (773) 363-3200 or [email protected].

Other Early Childhood Programs


Beyond Parenting is an education and support program for pregnant and parenting teens with children 0-3 years old.  We provide pre- and postnatal support and education and bi-weekly in-home visits to help children meet developmental milestones. The program includes:

  • Prenatal and postnatal bi-weekly in-home services
  • Monthly parent/child socialization groups
  • Educational field trips
  • Child development education for children with/without a disability
  • Parent-child activities to increase attachment, bonding and to stimulate growth

For more information about Beyond Parenting contact Heshima Mance, Senior Director of Programs, at (773) 643-0452 ext. 2418 or [email protected].


Early Head Start services are provided through weekly home visits to each enrolled child and family. The home visitor provides child-focused visits that promote the parents’ ability to support their child’s development. About twice per month, the program offers opportunities for parents and children to come together as a group for learning, discussion, and social activity. The program includes:

  • 90-minute weekly home visits
  • Nurse home visits
  • Developmental screenings
  • Referrals for developmental services
  • Child development education for children with/without a disability
  • Parent-child activities to increase attachment, bonding and to stimulate growth

For more information about Early Head Start please contact Claudia Rivera, Early Head Start Home Visitor Supervisor at (773) 643-0452 ext. 2470 or [email protected].

Young Adult Programs


Our Bridges to Pathways program engages teens and older youth with educational opportunities they need to build a sturdy foundation for their future.


KALU is a part of the Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative to reduce youth violence. It is designed to build strong, supportive relationships between youth and their mentors.


Our Next Step College Readiness program encourages teens to be ambitious and provides them with the resources they need to reach their fullest potential. We begin working with students during eighth grade and follow them through high school graduation and college applications.

To find which of our young adult programs would best fit you, please contact Heshima Mance at [email protected].

Family Support Programs


At Family Focus, we believe in building a strong foundation for the well-being of those in our community. The Extended Family Support program embraces the entire family, specifically when a relative unexpectedly becomes the primary caregiver to a child. Our program helps ease this transition and enhance caregivers’ ability to provide physical, emotional, and social development needs to the child while receiving the support of their own as well. Resources available through this program include:

  • Help to receive legal guardianship
  • Guidance when applying for public aid
  • Provide furniture and clothing for the child
  • Case Management and referral services


The Housing Advocacy program provides services to assist clients, youth, and families, referred by the Department of Children and Family Services with a goal to “remain stable” or “return home.” We assist with locating and helping those in need to maintain adequate housing. Services are to promote permanency by maintaining, strengthening, and safeguarding the function of families to (1) prevent substitute care placement, (2) promote family reunification, (3) facilitate youth development, and (4) ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children.

For more information about our Extended Family Support or Housing Advocacy Programs, please contact Heshima Mance at [email protected].

Family Focus South Shore
7037 S Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60649
United States
Phone: 773-363-3200
Fax: 773-920-3336
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