Breaking the cycle of poverty and collectively strengthen communities through family learning services is our vision. Providing families with access to high quality, research-based learning opportunities in collaboration with the Chicago DFSS and other community-based organizations is our mission.

25 years from now, we see CFL as being known as a source for model programming and research related to urban literacy.

To accomplish this, it is important that we continue to:

  • Conduct and share research
  • Identify and secure sustainable funding
  • Develop our human resource access, capacity, and vitality
  • Build strong local partnerships
  • Maximize innovations in technology

Our Impact

Thought Leadership

  • Conducted research that led to effective literacy program implementations
  • Conducted evaluation studies of national and state literacy and early childhood initiatives
  • Informed local, state, and national literacy policy
  • Established CFL as a center of thought leadership in literacy at national and international levels

Educational Outreach

  • Served 6,857 Adult Education Students through ESL, ABE, and GED classes
  • Graduated 387 students with a GED

Family Support

  • Conducted workshops that served 38,579 parents
  • Facilitated approximately 125 workshops focused on children with autism and other developmental delays
  • Provided support to parents and Head Start staff through 113,161 resource room visits

Service and Volunteerism

  • Logged 405,900 volunteer hours
  • Engaged 199 Americorps members
  • Supported by 392 part-time volunteers

Our Hope

Now we look forward to doing more things…

We are excited to explore new opportunities, diversify our programming and reach more families than ever before. As we look forward to improving our outcomes, our new goals include:

  • Increase the visibility of our programs through increased social media presence and special events. • Expand competency-based high school credential.
  • Develop parent learning cohorts to assure effective transitions to career and post-secondary educational opportunities.
  • Conduct impact studies to further demonstrate the positive effects of our program on participants.
  • Seek new community partners to strengthen our network of resources for parents.
  • Expand opportunities for Chicago Early Learning families.