The UIC Center for Literacy is a public service and research center that works to improve literacy education, policy, and research at the local, state, and national levels.

We provide FAmily STart (FAST) Learning and Support Services to empower and strengthen Chicago Early Learning families. We provide access to high-quality, research-based learning opportunities in collaboration with community partners, most importantly the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and their early learning sites.

We provide leadership and technical assistance to Chicago area schools and community-based organizations for the purpose of enhancing the quality of literacy services. We also work with public and private entities to formulate policies that support effective literacy programs.

The Center responds to issues in literacy education by:

  • Serving as a public clearinghouse for literacy information;
  • Establishing partnerships with external agencies and university departments;
  • Contributing to enhanced graduate education for future leaders in literacy education; and
  • Creating innovative, research-based school and community programs that serve as exemplary models for public practice.

Our activities are especially focused on helping to reduce literacy as a barrier to full societal participation for all individuals.

Become a HeadStart or EarlyStart Family

Gads Hill

Gads Hill is now accepting children for their Head Start/ Early Head Start Home Visiting, and Center-Based programs for Chicago families with children ages 0 – 7.

Learn about availability in their Brighton Park, North Lawndale and Chicago Lawn locations. Space is limited, enroll your child with them today! Click the link below or call at 773-521-1196

What's Next

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