Our New Learning & Wellness Center is the Focus of National Group’s Visit

Photo of the new Metro Learning Center

A team of 35 representatives from cities, schools and community organizations from across the country convened in Chicago today to discuss how communities are better aligning services to meet the needs of children and families. Part of their visit included a tour of Metropolitan’s new Learning & Wellness Center. The event was organized by the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. The NLC is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns.

Representatives from Fort Worth and Austin, Texas; Hartford Conn.; Richmond, Va.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Longmont, Colo., met with staff and parents to talk about how community partners are working with the Center to ensure that children and families are thriving.

Metropolitan’s new Learning & Wellness Center—the first of its kind in Chicago— brings together early learning, health and wellness services, along with family and community programs. The Center offers residents of Chicago’s New City, Englewood and Back of the Yards communities access to quality early childhood programs plus a range of other support services. Last month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut the ribbon for the new facility, which is located at Arthur Libby Elementary School, 5338 S. Loomis Street. Click here to view photos of the opening.