School-Age Child Development

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Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) supports the continuing cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of Chicago’s youth. Through our School-Age Child Development Program, we assist children ages six to 12, by offering a set of activities to further their development so they can reach their full academic, social and emotional potential.

CYC provides a safe environment for group activities in a diversity of settings such as group rooms, classrooms, gymnasiums, camp and other settings. The curriculum provides a framework for activity planning grounded in core content areas including academic enrichment, college and career readiness, health and wellness, arts and culture as well as life skills. CYC’s School-Age Child Development Program is offered in the following CYC centers: ABC Polk Bros. Youth Center, Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center, Elliott Donnelley Youth Center and Fellowship House.

Getting Results

In 2012 CYC’s School-Age Child Development Program served nearly 1,200 children and their parents at 12 CYC center and school-based locations and through 21st Century Community Learning Centers at six elementary Chicago Public Schools and one middle school. And of these children, 95 percent reported feeling bonded to school; 98 percent progressed to the next school grade; and 91 percent maintained or improved in their development of life skills.

Support CYC’s School-Age Child Development Program

With the recent economic downturn, more families are struggling to provide the resources their children need, including access to school-age child development programs. We need your help to continue serving the communities currently under our umbrella as well as serving new locations. To make a gift, contact Kate Tillotson, Senior Director of Development and Communications, at or (312) 913-1700 x440. Or click here to make your donation now.

For more information, please contact Scott Merrow, Senior Vice President of Program Development and Operations at

The mission of Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is to empower children and teens to recognize and experience their full potential.

Featured Sponsor

Featured Sponsor: ArcelorMittal

Featured Sponsor: ArcelorMittal

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