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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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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!

Legal Aid Society attorney Andrea Belard honored by Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

Congratulations to Metropolitan’s own Andrea Belard, an attorney with our Legal Aid Society (LAS), who recently received the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois’ (HLIA) annual Community Service Award, for her work in public interest law!

Week of the Young Child: Midway Learning & Wellness Center hosts a Health Fair

As part of our Midway Learning & Wellness Center’s Week of the Young Child activities, families learned about their health and the various services available in their community.

Week of the Young Child: Metropolitan celebrates children birth – 5 years!

Last week we celebrated our youngest learners during Week of the Young Child at our Midway Learning & Wellness Center, Midway Children’s Center, and North Children’s Center!

Advocacy Day was a success!

On Wednesday, April 18, our agency took 101 staff, clients, and community partners to Springfield for a successful, empowering Advocacy Day.

Good News: April 20, 2018

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Meet Michael Yohanan, our Spring Fever Committee Chair

We talked to Michael about his work with Metropolitan, the planning of Spring Fever, and what Mpowers him to support Evanston/Skokie children and families.

North Children’s Center receives Gold Circle of Quality from ExceleRate

Congratulations to our North Children’s Center, which recently received the prestigious Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois!

Principal at Community Schools partner Belmont-Cragin School wins Golden Apple Leadership Award!

Congratulations to Stacy Stewart, Principal at one of our North Center’s Community Schools partners, Belmont-Cragin School, on winning Golden Apple’s Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award!

Good News: April 13, 2018

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Oh, baby! Walgreens and Huggies partner to donate funds & diapers to Cradles to Crayons, benefiting Metropolitan families

In a grand slam of a collaboration, Walgreens and Huggies are teaming up with former Cubs catcher David Ross to help families in need around the country – Metropolitan’s North Center included!

North Center distributes books to Head Start kids thanks to ABC, Disney, and FirstBook

Thanks to Magic of Storytelling, a partnership between Disney and FirstBook, our North Center recently received 600 new books for the children in our Head Start and early learning programs!

Good News: April 6, 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.

Congratulations to two Legal Aid Society attorneys on passing the Bar Exam!

Congratulations to two of Metropolitan’s own Legal Aid Society attorneys, Mark Alanson and Gerald Polanco – Mark and Gerald recently passed the Bar Exam in Illinois!

Stones Jewelry to Donate 100% of April Watch Battery Proceeds for DuPage Gala

Tick-tick-tick-tick. Do you know what time it is? It’s time to change your watch battery, while supporting children and families in DuPage!

Good News: March 30, 2018

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#Altgeld10: Calumet Center’s Youth Leadership Program students experience New York City

The Altgeld 10 is a group of students in our Altgeld Youth Leadership Program at Calumet Center headed on a trip to New York City! Thanks to the generosity of The Lyon Family Foundation, these students are experiencing the culture of the city with an unforgettable itinerary we’ll be sharing throughout the trip.

Upward Bound College Tour: students learn about the Civil Rights Movement, visit HBCUs in Alabama

Students from our Calumet Center’s Upward Bound program are spending part of their spring break on a college tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Alabama! Here we’ll share photos and stories from our students throughout the trip.

Legal Aid Society joins ACLU and 20 other public interest groups in opposing city nuisance ordinance

Metropolitan’s Legal Aid Society is proud to join the Shriver Center, ACLU of Illinois, and 20+ other public interest groups in urging the City of Chicago to repeal its “chronic illegal activity premises ordinance”, which harms survivors of domestic violence and persons with disabilities.

Good News: March 23, 2018

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Meet our 2018 Spring Fever honorees: Mayor Jay Lytle and Bonnie Lytle

At this year’s Spring Fever, we’re pleased to honor Jay Lytle, former Mayor of Evanston, and Bonnie Lytle, the first Board Chair of Metropolitan Family Services’ Evanston/Skokie Valley Center. Together, Jay and Bonnie helped engage their community in Metropolitan’s mission.

Spotlight On: Parenting Fundamentals

For Women’s History Month, we’re featuring a few of the women who make our programs possible. Meet our Parenting Fundamentals staff!

Fun & Learning at Early Childhood Collaboration’s Family Day of Play

Our DuPage Center’s Early Childhood Collaboration recently held its annual Family Day of Play with nearly 250 children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and community members.

Drug Awareness Night educates Skokie students and parents

At a recent Drug Awareness Night held at Lincoln Jr High School, Skokie parents and students alike learned about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping.

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