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Erikson Institute Executive Fellows Service Day

Preschoolers at Metropolitan’s North Children’s Center and Midway Learning & Wellness Center recently welcomed a few new friends for the morning: members of Erikson Institute’s current cohort of McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows.

Good News: August 10, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Let’s Play Ball: Metropolitan’s softball team made the playoffs!

Metropolitan’s softball team is in the playoffs of Chicago’s nonprofit softball league!

DuPage ECE Programs Plan for a Brain Smart Start to the 2018-2019 School Year

Recently our DuPage early childhood programs sent representatives to the “Elevate Social Emotional Learning: Start Strong with Conscious Discipline the First Six Weeks” conference in Orlando, Florida.

Happy 30th Anniversary, Metropolitan Southeast Chicago!

Decorations at Metropolitan Southeast’s 30th Anniversary celebration featured “I love my Community School because…” signs made by students in the center’s Community Schools program, showing guests what a difference they’re making in the lives of kids in the surrounding neighborhoods by supporting the program.

Good News: July 27, 2018

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Little YOUth Dental Expo shares smiles and dental education

Our DuPage Center’s recent Little YOUth free dental expo engaged children and families in our early learning programs with dental health!

Midway Learning & Wellness Center has a garden growing!

Children at our Midway Learning & Wellness Center are growing in more ways than ever – by contributing to a new garden at the center!

Spotlight On: Bowen High School, Southeast Community Schools Partner

“Were it not for the Community School programs at Bowen, some of our students wouldn’t be here and we know for a fact, some of our graduates, wouldn’t have graduated, were it not for the Community School Programs at Bowen.”  – Bowen High School Principal Priscilla Horton

Meet Vanessa Schwartz, Southeast Center Director

Vanessa Schwartz was born and raised in Southeast Chicago. “I love that community,” she says. “That community has been my home forever, it’s always been my heart and soul.” Learn more about Vanessa and the 30th Anniversary celebration she’s planning for Metropolitan Southeast.

Good News: July 13, 2018

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Miracle on 103rd Street event highlights Metropolitan Calumet

On Thursday June 14th, the Metropolitan Family Services Calumet Center celebrated its “Miracle on 103rd Street” Investment Appeal by hearing from Executive Director Audrena Spence, board members, and youth.

Meet a new cohort of Parenting Fundamentals graduates

The graduates of Metropolitan’s Parenting Fundamentals program devoted two hours each week for 10 weeks to learning positive parenting skills. See the smiling faces of our most recent cohort of parent graduates.

Good News: July 6, 2018

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Parenting Fundamentals program celebrates parent graduates

Our Parenting Fundamentals program hosted an appreciation event at the Midway Learning & Wellness Center to celebrate the conclusion of the most recent session of its Parent Leadership Program.

Calumet staff brings the Sea of Orange into the Roseland community

Our Message was loud and clear!
Our Motives were effective!
Our Mission was accomplished!
We are Metro!

Metropolitan Peace Academy Graduation honors street outreach workers

Twenty-four of Chicago’s top street outreach experts – those specializing in diffusing street violence – were the first to graduate from the Metropolitan Peace Academy, June 27th at Soldier Field’s United Club.

Good News: June 29, 2018

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End of the School Year at Midway Children’s Center

Happy end of the school year from Midway Children’s Center! Our staff organized a celebration with games galore for our littlest learners.

Midway Learning & Wellness Center celebrates dads

After a successful Day to Celebrate Moms, our Midway Learning & Wellness Center spread the love among the dads involved at the center!

Crain’s Chicago Business: Why Chicago’s violence interrupters need their own training academy

Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) Director Vaughn Bryant and Institute for Nonviolence Chicago‘s Chris Patterson discuss our Metropolitan Peace Academy’s work in professionalizing street outreach for Crain’s Chicago Business’s series on approaches to reducing gun violence.

ACT Now hosts 1871 panel on STEM in afterschool

On Wednesday, June 20th ACT Now hosted a panel discussing the importance of STEM programming in the afterschool space. Attendees included representatives from the STEM industry, afterschool programming and much more.

Midway Learning & Wellness Center celebrates moms

Our Midway Learning & Wellness Center recently hosted Celebrate Mom Day!

Young Fathers celebrates the program’s empowering dads at 4th Annual Awards Banquet

At the 4th annual awards, Program Director Doug Brown and Case Managers Nathan Wright and Edgar Barba were joined by Metropolitan CEO Ric Estrada and Young Fathers program benefactor Gary Gerst to present awards for three standout fathers and two community partners.

Peek inside Metropolitan’s Community School program at Kennedy High School!

Emily Hendricks, Resource Coordinator for Kennedy High School, shares a few photos of the students and families involved with our Kennedy Community School programs in action.

In expanding Early Childhood Education services, Metropolitan promotes two Directors of Early Learning

As the needs of our children and families we serve grow more complex, Metropolitan is evolving to meet those needs; we’re working with more community partners, opening more classrooms, and adding more home visiting services.

Meet the students and teachers of our Hernandez Community Schools program!

We explore Metropolitan’s Community Schools program at Hernandez Middle School through the eyes of Jose Gutierrez, Resource Coordinator at Hernandez.

Good News: June 8, 2018

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Science Night at Midway’s Learning & Wellness Center

Father involvement STEM-med from a recent Science Night at our Midway Learning & Wellness Center!

West Monroe Partners volunteers beautify Midway Children’s Center

Staff from West Monroe Partners, including Metro Board member Patrick Peterson, spent an afternoon beautifying our Midway and Midway Children’s Center as part of the business and technology consulting firm’s National Day of Change.

Good News: June 1, 2018

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Congratulations to Metropolitan’s Employee Recognition Award winners!

Metropolitan recently honored our employees across programs and centers at the annual Employee Award Luncheon. Congratulations to all our awardees and nominees, as well as our Service Award recipients, for your hard work on behalf of Metropolitan Family Services!

DuPage Center opens new Bensenville Early Childhood Center

Our DuPage Center recently cut the ribbon on its new Bensenville Early Childhood Center!

Good News: May 25, 2018

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NIU’s Harmelodics visit DuPage’s Addison Children’s Center

The children and parents at our Addison Children’s Center were recently treated to a visit by the Northern Illinois University Harmelodics!

Substance Abuse & Prevention Program recognizes National Prevention Week

Our North Center’s Substance Abuse & Prevention Program recognized National Prevention Week by engaging youth in the community around drug abuse prevention!

Good News: May 18, 2018

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Happy Mother’s Day from North Center’s Community Schools program!

Students from our North Center’s Community Schools partner Reinberg Elementary spent an afternoon writing Mother’s Day cards for their moms – but they didn’t stop there. The students also wrote empowering notes for mothers in our community.

Good News: May 11, 2018

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Meet Ana and Yara, one of our DuPage Center’s Early Learning families

“Ana” used to be embarrassed at sign-in time when she took her daughter, “Yara,” to preschool at one of Metropolitan DuPage’s Early Head Start programs. She had trouble with writing and English, and took a long time to write her name on the sign-in sheet.

Our Southeast CILA is re-opening!

After its re-opening was threatened due to delayed site inspections of the state’s facilities, our Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) site is furnished and ready!

Meet Kim Stapleton, DuPage Gala Honoree

Ahead of our DuPage Gala, Kim shares her thoughts on the importance of community involvement and why she supports Metropolitan.

Good News: May 4, 2018

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DuPage Head Start / Early Head Start takes on California

Members of our DuPage Center’s Head Start and Early Head Start program had the opportunity to attend the National Head Start Association Conference in sunny Anaheim California!

North Center hosts Energizing Student Potential Energy Fair at Belmont-Cragin Elementary

There’s no energy like that of student potential, and the students of Belmont-Cragin School proved it, scientifically! Belmont-Cragin School, our North Center’s Community Schools partner, hosted a science fair through Energizing Student Potential, a hands-on, STEM-focused energy program.

Early Childhood Collaborative hosts symposium for educators

Our DuPage Center’s Wheaton/Warrenville and Addison Early Childhood Collaboratives brought educators together for its annual Early Childhood Symposium, a morning of learning and discussion.

North Center engages community in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Our North Center’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday at the Walgreens in the Belmont Cragin community this past weekend.

Good News: April 27, 2018

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Week of the Young Child: DuPage Center celebrates with STEM!

Last week, our DuPage early childhood programs participated with several local and national programs, including our Early Childhood Education partners in the city, in celebration of the Week of the Young Child!

Our Altgeld 10 youth went backstage at WE Day!

Members of the Altgeld 10, a group of students in our Calumet Center’s Youth Leadership Program, took part recently in the WE Movement’s WE Day, a celebration of kids across Illinois committed to giving back to their communities!

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