Early Childhood is the second step in our Cycle of Opportunity©. SGA offers several different programs to help young children develop the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills critical to neurological development. Both genetics and environment factor into a child’s early growth, but access to high quality early childhood education programs is vital to a child’s success.
Only one in five Chicago children starting kindergarten is ready, based on preparedness measures in social-emotional learning, literacy and math. SGA aims to increase this number by serving children and their families through a variety of programs with these goals:
- Support child development
- Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues
- Prevent child abuse and neglect
- Increase children’s school readiness
SGA, by way of funding through Start Early, proudly offers Early Head Start and Head Start programs. We use the ‘Parents as Teachers’ home-based curriculum, which focuses on motor coordination, language and literacy and social-emotional and cognitive learning through an individualized approach. Services include parent workshops on childcare, health and transitioning to kindergarten, as well as weekly group socializations and field trips.
Other SGA Early Childhood programs provide home visits, developmental screenings and referrals.