Photo of a young girl smiling at her teacher

Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care

Pillars Community Health provides a warm and nurturing environment that stimulates the growth and development of each child, including infants and toddlers.

In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared his “War on Poverty.” As a result and shortly thereafter, a panel convened to develop a comprehensive child development program that would help disadvantaged preschool children. This launched Head Start, a government-funded program designed to help low-income families access preschool. The federal office of Administration for Children and Families provides funding to more than 1,600 grantee organizations throughout the country. Just four years later, in 1968, Pillars Community Health began providing Head Start services to the local community. Today, we oversee Head Start and Early Head Start programs for 20 area zip codes and are cumulatively serving more than 600 children and families.

Our educational services follow the Creative Curriculum model. In addition to these services, we provide education for families around nutrition, child development, and prenatal and postnatal topics. Children receive nutritious meals and snacks while at the Center, and families are encouraged to be part of our family engagement/social activities. Bilingual staff (English-Spanish and English-Arabic) are available to assist families and children as needed.

For information about enrollment:

For questions or to enroll, call 708-995-3570.

Our Services

Photo of a young group of diverse kids playingFree Head Start at the Child and Family Development Center
Ages: 3 to 5 years

Half-day Head Start is available 3.5 hours per day, Monday-Thursday, 8 am-11:30 am or 12:30 pm-4 pm; Extended Duration is available 6 hours per day, Monday-Friday, 9 am-3 pm. Our Head Start program serves low-income families, families experiencing homelessness, foster children, TANF, and SSI recipients. Family engagement is highly encouraged at the Center. Eligibility is based on income.

Free Home-Based Head Start and Early Head Start
Ages: Pregnant women and birth through 5 years

Teacher visits the home once a week for 90 minutes. We offer prenatal and post-natal education, group socialization twice a month, and a home visiting program with age-appropriate child activities that supports child development and positive parent-child interaction using our Parent as Teachers curriculum. Eligibility is based on income.

Full-Day Child Care, Subsidized by IDHS
Ages: 6 weeks through 5 years

Available Monday-Friday, 6:45 am-6 pm. Child care enables parents to work or be a full time student. Families must meet both Head Start and Child Care Assistance Program eligibility requirements. Eligibility is based on income; a monthly co-payment is assessed.

In addition to these early childhood services, we can also connect families to other services at Pillars Community Health including, but not limited to:

Pillars Community Health in the Community

Pillars Community Health oversees Head Start and Early Head Start programs for the following communities: Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Brookfield, Burbank, Chicago Ridge, Countryside, Evergreen Park, Justice, Hickory Hills, Hodgkins, Hometown, La Grange, Lyons, Nottingham Park, Oak Lawn, Palos Hills, Summit, Willows Springs, and Worth. We offer one location for early childhood education: our Child and Family Development Center in Hickory Hills.

In addition, we oversee services provided by our (grant) delegate, The Children’s Center of Cicero-Berwyn. Children’s Center locations include:

CCCB at Grantworks
1447 South 50th Court
Cicero, IL 60804

CCCB at Red Feather
5341 West Cermak Road
Cicero, IL 60804

CCCB at Patricia Makris Child Dev. Center
2831 South 49th Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804

CCCB at Morton East High School

2423 South Austin Blvd.
Cicero, IL 60804

CCCB at Clyde

2724 S. 61st Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804

CCCB at Concordia
3144 S. Home Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402

CCCB at Riverside Drive
7022 Riverside Drive
Berwyn, IL 60402

CCCB at St. Pius
6801 West 43rd Street
Stickney, IL 60402