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Early Learning Academy

CasaCentral.Garcia.001For over 40 years, Casa Central’s Early Learning Academy (ELA) has provided safe, nurturing, bilingual, and bicultural early childhood programming with proven results. The ELA offers center-based and home-based options for children to help them not only prepare but also excel into kindergarten. Our commitment to Brighter Children, Brighter Futures, is to help every child and their family reach their full potential through quality care and education. The ELA is funded through Head Start and welcomes children with special needs.

Center-Based Program

At the Early Learning Academy (ELA) Center-Based Program, trained and certified teachers utilize Creative Curriculum and Everyday Math as evidence-based tools to enhance children’s learning and ensure that they are prepared with the knowledge and skills to successfully transition into kindergarten.

The ELA Center-Based Program provides full-day and half-day options to parents seeking a structured learning environment for their child. The Center-Based program provides services to children ages 2 – 5 years and is open from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday thru Friday, year-round. Classroom ratios are 3:20 for 3-5 years and 2:8 for toddlers in order to provide children with individual attention and monitor their unique development and educational needs in the areas of math, literacy, language, and social-emotional learning.

In 2014,

  • 97% of children in Head Start met or exceeded expectations in Mathematics Knowledge
  • 96% of children in Head Start met or exceeded expectations in Literacy Knowledge & Skills
  • 93% of children in Head Start met or exceeded expectations in Language Development
  • 96% of children in Head Start met or exceeded expectations in Social & Emotional Development

The ELA Center-Based program has achieved the GOLD Circle of Quality within the ExceleRate Illinois program. GOLD Circle programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas: learning, environment, and teaching quality; administrative standards; and staff training and education. Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement. For more information regarding the the ExceleRate Illinois Quality Rate Program, visit http://www.excelerateillinois.com/.

Program Requirements:

  • Child must be between the ages of 2-5 years
  • Must meet income requirements for Head Start and/or Subsidized Childcare
  • Private pay options also available

Beyond the quality structured learning environment, children and families within the ELA Center-Based Program receive additional comprehensive services and support including:

  • Support with health and developmental monitoring and screenings
  • Free field trips
  • Meals and snacks made on-site
  • Nutrition education and food experiences
  • Home visits and parent-teacher conferences
  • Case management and training on resources to support children and families
  • Bilingual, bicultural staff
  • Certified teachers with a 3:20 ratio in classrooms
  • Support to children with special needs

To learn more, call (773) 645-2316.

Home-Based Program

The Early Learning Academy (ELA) Home-Based Program is an Early Head Start and Head Start program that serves families and young children ages 0-5 through weekly home visits and twice-monthly group socializations. Home Educators within the Home-Based program utilize the research-based curricula "Parents As Teachers" and "Creative Curriculum" to support the parents in becoming their child’s first teachers. As a team, parents and home educators work collaboratively to establish educational and developmental goals. Home educators also prepare individualized weekly lesson plans to help each child succeed in making a successful transition into Head Start for 3-year-olds or Kindergarten for 5-year-olds.

In 2014:

  • 92% of children met or exceeded developmental expectation in Social Emotional Development
  • 85% of children met or exceeded developmental expectation in Language Development
  • 92% of children met or exceeded developmental expectation in Dual Language Development
  • 94% of children met or exceeded developmental expectation in Literacy Knowledge & Skills
  • 94% of children met or exceeded developmental expectation in Mathematics Knowledge

Program Requirements:

  • Children must be between the ages of 0-5.
  • Income for family should not exceed 100% of the Federal Poverty Level

Beyond quality home visiting and group socializations, children and families within the ELA Home-Based program receive additional comprehensive services and support including:

  • Support with health and developmental monitoring and screenings
  • Free field trips
  • Nutrition education and food experiences
  • Parent-teacher conferences
  • Case management & training on resources to support children and families
  • Bilingual, bicultural staff
  • Support to children with special needs

To learn more, call 773.645.2316.

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