Early Learning Academy



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For over 40 years, Casa Central’s Early Learning Academy (ELA) has provided safe, nurturing, bilingual, and bicultural early childhood programming with proven results. With funding from Start Early, by way of their Early/Head Start grant, and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, by way of Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative funding, and generous gifts from private individual, corporation, & foundation funders, we provide comprehensive center-based and home-based options for children to help prepare them to excel in kindergarten and beyond. We welcome children with special needs.



who we are

Casa Central is one of the largest Hispanic social service agencies in the Midwest.

Since 1954, Casa Central has delivered evidenced-based, award winning programming in response to the needs of the Hispanic community. Through comprehensive, family-centered programming, Casa Central is the conduit through which thousands of individuals build hope for the future, equipping themselves to achieve a sustainable, higher quality of life for the benefit of self, family, community, and society.



center-based program

Our ELA center-based program provides full-day programs for parents seeking a structured learning environment for their child.

- Services for children ages 2-5

- Open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday

- Certified teachers with low classroom ratios to support individualized attention

- Math, literacy, language, physical and social-emotional learning



At Casa Central, we are committed to doing everything possible to support our community. It starts with a healthy, safe environment when your child is away from home. We have closely followed guidance from the CDC, as well as state and local authorities, to enhance and strengthen our existing rigorous procedures.

  • Screening staff and children upon arrival for temperature, symptoms, or other risk factors for COVID-19
  • Providing protective face coverings for all staff members and children
  • Conducting regular wellness checks throughout the day


ribbons_pics_-_careers_2_2_21_(7)home-based program

Our ELA home-based program provides support to parents and caregivers, recognizing them as their children's first and most important teachers.

- Services for children ages 0-5

- Weekly home visits

- Individualized lesson plans for each child and family




Our licensed professionals provide early childhood education for children ages 0-5 both either in our center or in your home. We prepare all early learners for kindergarten by fostering their development.



  State-certified bilingual and bicultural teachers
  Free field trips
  Warm nutritional meals and snacks
  Health screenings
  Parent meetings & workshops
  Engaging activities & events
  Multidisciplinary team, including experts in children's health, nutrition, wellbeing, development, and more


1our values

At Casa Central, we strive to consistently provide the highest quality of service, integrity, and respect to the individuals and families we serve.

2Accreditation & Awards

Casa Central is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and is the recipient of numerous honors from prestigious organizations like ExceleRate Illinois Awards of Excellence.




Founded in 1977, the Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit organization that accredits human and social service providers.



NOTICE: Casa Central is not associated with the nursing home facility located at 1401 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL (Center Home Property, LLC). Center Home is not owned, operated nor in any way affiliated with Casa Central. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the nursing home, Center Home for Hispanic Elderly, please contact them directly at (773) 782-8700.

If you are seeking information regarding programs for older adults, Casa Central does offer Home Care Services and the Adult Wellness Center, which is a day service. Contact Casa Central directly for more information at 773-645-2300.

Help Inspire Lifelong Learning Among Children, Older Adults, Families and individuals!