Emanuel Announces Brighton Park Early Childhood Center

Jim Gudas
June 03, 2018 - 4:44 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Jim Gudas

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday announced plans to open a new city-funded center for early childhood education in the Brighton Park neighborhood.

Emanuel said the Gads Hill Center at 4255 S. Archer Avenue will not only provide additional education resources for children, it can help them get the skills they need to increase their chances of graduating high school and eventually getting jobs.

The Gads Hill Center is housed in a building that was once home to a dollar store.

“This (Brighton Park) is the highest need area in the state. Not just Chicago for early education programs,” said Maricela Garcia, the CEO of Gads Hill Center.

The new flagship center would serve about 120 children in desperate need.

“It is very, very critical for families that make not a lot of money to be able to have options so their children do better,” said Garcia.

Recent studies show just over 736 children in Brighton Park have access to early childhood education, leaving more than 3,000 kids shut out and further behind.

In addition to funding from the city, the center has also received state and federal grant as well as private donations.