Early Childhood Education

1400 W Augusta Blvd Chicagoundefined

125 Years of Community Building/Early Childhood Education
Northwestern Settlement
Written By Northwestern Settlement

Welcome to Northwestern Settlement! Since its founding in 1891 during Chicago’s Settlement House movement, the Settlement has evolved into a West Town community mainstay.

The courtyard community garden, cultivated by the young scholars of our preschool, allows children to participate in their education in an active way, developing a foundation of patience and caring.

The upstairs rooms, currently used by the Early Childhood Education program, were used during most of the 1900s as a communal living space for Settlement workers and volunteers. 

In 1926, the Settlement hosted 22 residents, who lived by guidelines ranging from never turning away a neighbor in need to chewing gum only in the confines of their own rooms. 

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The upstairs rooms were converted to preschool classrooms in 1991 when the Early Childhood Education program began at the Settlement.

The program started with funding from Head Start, a nationwide program that gives low-income families access to early childhood development, socially and academically. The Settlement provides full-day, year-round programming for children between the ages of 2 and 5, focusing on social-emotional development and school preparedness. 

100% of  students met or exceeded benchmarks for developing literacy skills last year, while 98% met or exceeded math skills, and 97% met or exceeded expectations in social-emotional development

Head back up the street to the Augusta/Noble intersection. Turn left on Noble to pass by the Settlement-founded Noble College Prep, then enter the building just across the alley. Up the stairs, Adventure Stage Chicago awaits!

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