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Support OHU’s Teachers!

One Hope United’s Early Learning and Child Development Line of Service is dedicated to educating, nourishing, and empowering young children and families at our 12 Child Development Centers throughout the Chicago area and its suburbs. Our centers serve more than 2,100 children and meet all goals for social/emotional, cognitive, language and physical development. Currently, 10 out of 11 of our eligible centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)–putting them in the top 10% of early childhood education programs nationally.

At One Hope United, our teachers work tirelessly to ensure that they are providing the best quality education for our students. Unfortunately, due to the current Illinois budget crisis, funds for teacher development are especially scarce. With your help, we are hoping to raise $15,000 to go toward Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment System Training for 50 of our very special and deserving teachers. 

Your generous donation will not only allow our teachers to return to the classrooms better qualified, but they will be bringing back even stronger assessment skills to our classrooms, allowing them to properly evaluate our students as unique individuals.

To view our campaign and learn more, please visit http://igg.me/at/itallstartswithateacher. Thank you in advance for supporting One Hope United’s teachers.

 

Illinois Children and Families Held Hostage

On September 24, 2015, leaders, supporters, and clients from 25 Illinois nonprofits stood shoulder-to-shoulder to send Springfield a clear, unified message: Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens can no longer be held hostage! Thousands of lives are being affected by the Illinois budget stalemate. Funds are running out for programs that provide support for children, youth and families in need; military veterans; domestic abuse victims and many more. That leaves an already at-risk community with a greater margin of uncertainty. The time is now for the Governor and Legislature to do their jobs and pass a legal budget. ‪

Learn more about why OHU and 24 other human service and early childhood organizations joined forces at Progress Illinois.

Get Involved!

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CCAP Restrictions Leave OHU’s Joliet Center Nearly Empty

Photo by Eric Ginnard
Photo by Eric Ginnard

One Hope United was recently featured in The Joliet Herald-News in a story about how stricter Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) rules are adversely impacting working families seeking affordable, high-quality child care in the Joliet, IL area.

OHU’s Joliet Early Learning Center opened this year after extensive renovations of the facility, made in part with a $3.14 million grant from the state of Illinois.  The center has the capacity to serve 212 children but currently has just 22 children enrolled.

OHU chose the Joliet community for this state-of-the-art center based in part on the high need in the community for top-notch child care.

“That’s the irony in all of this,” Beth Lakier, OHU’s Executive Vice President of Early Learning, told the Herald-News. “The state recognized this as a community in need, but they’ve essentially invested in an empty building.”

Read the full story online and then learn how you can get involved to ensure that all families have access to early learning programs that set their children up for lifelong learning and success.

Healthy Families Illinois, Wings and Doula Throw a Success Party!

DSC_0005This week, OHU’s Healthy Families Illinois, Wings and Doula programs celebrated the successes of their participants with a fun outdoor picnic in Waukegan, IL! Rather than celebrating Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or graduations separately, the programs combined all of these into one big “Success Party” to celebrate all of the families together.

Everyone had a wonderful time, enjoying great food and socializing with fellow participants in the programs. Congratulations to all of our participants on their amazing success!

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