The Highwood Library addresses the needs of underserved community members through educational support and engaging programs, services, and resources. HPCF’s funding supports the operations of the Library’s Learning Partners Program, which helps students in need of academic and social guidance. This program is designed to help students feel they have a partner in their learning process and establishes a relationship of mutual support. The program engages District 113 Learning Partners to help District 112 student Learners navigate the education process in a school setting, through career exploration, and skill building.
The Jewish Council for Youth Services – George W. Lutz Early Childhood Program (Lutz Center) offers traditional preschool, full-day preschool, kindergarten enrichment, before/after school club, enrichment classes and school-age programs. Their experienced and passionate teachers create a developmentally appropriate, nurturing early childhood experience that meets each child where they’re at, tailoring their play-based curriculum to meet your child’s needs and interests; fostering social emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Lutz Center’s bright, spacious classrooms, full-sized gymnasium, and multiple age-specific outdoor playgrounds, set the stage for new discoveries each day. The Lutz Center is equally committed to their parents’ experience and offer many opportunities for families to connect and develop a strong sense of community. The Foundation’s grant helps with youth scholarships for day/after-school and pre-school care at the Lutz Center for low-income families.
HPCF funding supports scholarships for low-income students in North Shore School District 112’s dual language program so they can participate in a capstone service-learning trip.
Tri-Con Child Care Center has been providing affordable, high-quality early care and education for children of local, low-income families for over 45 years. Tri-Con offers a year-round, full-day preschool, an after-kindergarten enrichment program, and a summer camp program. Through developmentally appropriate experiences that are based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards, students are prepared for a successful school journey. Fees are based on a sliding fee scale with 100% of all children being subsidized through either partial state funding or Tri-Con’s own Scholarship Program. Highland Park Community Foundation’s grant provides scholarships to local children whose families do not qualify for state funding but are in need of high-quality, subsidized early childcare and education.
Working Together implements projects that benefit and support the Hispanic communities in Highwood and Highland Park. Its programs offer enrichment opportunities for children between the ages of 3 and 14 in a variety of areas including ballet, hip hop, break dance, art, robotics, Tae Won Do, swimming, guitar, and folkloric dance. While children are participating in these programs, parents are offered classes to help them learn how to speak with their children about health, wellness, sexuality, and nutrition, and can also attend yoga, zumba, knitting, and crochet classes. HPCF funding supports several of Working Together’s programs for children, including Educators of Tomorrow, which offers students the opportunity to improve their school performance and provides a safe and welcoming environment to address the tendency of young Latinos and low-income children to join gangs absent other safe and engaging activities.