Please share your mission.
Founded in Lake Bluff, The 123-year-old mission of ChildServ is to help Chicagoland’s at-risk children and their families build, achieve, and sustain better lives.
Describe how your organization lives/realizes its mission.
PEP helps children who are at-risk to achieve their potential by giving them the opportunity for early learning so that they can begin kindergarten on track. Extensive research provides definitive evidence that well-implemented, high- quality prekindergarten for at-risk kids can help narrow the achievement gap, reduce grade repetition and special education placements, increase high school graduation rates, reduce crime and lead to greater employment and higher earnings as adults. Since key foundations for learning are established beginning at birth, starting school behind makes it likely that early disadvantages will persist as children progress through school, and last into their adult lives. Our goal is to build strong, harmonious family relationships through parenting education, skills training and support. We help adults foster the values of mutual respect, shared responsibility, competence and cooperation in young people, preparing them to make positive contributions to their families, their communities and the world at large. For an at- risk family to receive in-home, preventative early childhood services, the cost is only $200 per month or $2,400 per year. The White House Summit on Early Education reported that for every $1 spent on early education, our society receives $8.60 in long-term benefits.