Early Childhood Education & Prevention Intiatives

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Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House provides services in Early Childhood Education & Preventative Initiatives in seven primary areas:


Provides childcare for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Children are cared for in a warm, safe and nurturing environment. Teachers work with the children to improve their cognitive, social and physical abilities. In order to be eligible for services, parents must be working or in school. The program is designed to serve children who are at-risk of abuse or neglect. Serves more than 160 children, 6 weeks to 6 years of age. Click Here


Provides early childhood education for children age 3-4. The Pre-K classrooms provide a foundation for children in learning to help them be better prepared for kindergarten. Serves more than 40 children each year. Click Here


Provides Early Childhood Prevention Services for parents with children birth to five years. PASS is an early intervention/prevention program designed to significantly better prepare children and parents to assist their children in assuring “A Sure Start” and a successful school experience. The program provides Parent Training, Child Development and Life Skills Classes in conjunction with comprehensive Case Coordination to children birth to 3 years of age and their parents. Activities and services are provided in the homes of the parents and at the Center. PASS is a certified Parents as Teachers Program. Serves more than 200 families with children. Click Here


Provides Comprehensive Case Management to low-income families to prevent child abuse. The goal of the Healthy Families Program is to promote positive parent-child interaction; promote healthy childhood growth and development; and to enhance functional families by building trusting relationships, teaching problem solving skills and improving the family’s support system. Participants in the program must be new parents with a child birth to 2 weeks of age, a first-time pregnant woman or teenage parents. Serves more than 65 families with very young children. Click Here


This program is a certified Head Start education program that serves families who work in agriculture i.e.: nurseries, farms, produce, and factories. The eight week summer program provides education, field trips, and family social assistance to families that migrate from state to state or work seasonal jobs.


 These programs provide a variety of educational, youth leadership and youth development activities for children and youth in the community. Over 500 children and youth participate annually in the summer and after-school activities, which are provided at four sites in the community. Click Here

Funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, United Way and the United Methodist Church. Located at the Mary Brown Center.