Classes in circus, aerial and theater arts: gymnastics, clowning, dance, drama, juggling, stage combat and magic for children and adults.
Produces original works, offers workshops, camps and classes throughout the year and provides event entertainment.
Private therapeutic day school designed as an alternative learning environment for adolescents ages 12-19. The program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for students with depression, emotional disorders, learning disabilities, and other health impairments that prevent academic achievement in a regular education environment. Students are referred by public school districts who support the placement or are placed privately by their families.
The only privately-operated driving school in Evanston. It holds classes for up to 35 students each session.
Ongoing workshops and programs for Apple product users of all ages. Summer Apple Camp for kids ages 8-12, as well as Youth Workshops and Field Trips. For more information, visit the following webpages:
Aristotle Peers hires high-achieving local high school and college students to tutor students in grades K-12. Students and clients apply online. Students and clients are matched and contacted by phone and e-mail. One to one, in-home tutoring sessions in any K-12 subject are offered as well as tutoring in hobbies, sports, music or a combination of academics and extracurricular activities.
An independent coeducational school, serving pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade children. Accredited members of the Independent School Association of Central States
Independent, nonprofit, early childhood school for children between the ages of 3 and 6, including Kindergarten/First grade Classroom. Program emphasizes visual arts and music, early literacy and differentiation. Full or part day, with extended care available. Weekly summer camps for children between 3 and 6 years.
Camp Kesem specializes in providing free summer camp to children who have been affected by a parent or guardian's cancer. We provide programming opportunities year-round for campers to get to interact with one another. Summer camp sessions are held for 5 days in Fredonia, Wisconsin. Note: All camper programming will be virtual in 2021 due to COVID-19
Care.com is a subscription service listing local child care, pet care, senior care, tutoring, private lessons, and housekeeping providers. Subscribers may search listings of babysitters, nannies, pet sitters and more. Care providers may also post services. Basic Members(nonpaying) will not be able to contact caregivers, request background checks, or review caregiver references.
After school, weekend and some school day programs for gifted and talented children, pre-K through grade 12. Summer programs in several locations including Skokie and Glenview.
Center offers many programs: after-school sports classes, girls’ youth basketball leagues, youth flag football leagues, preschool play groups, youth chess, adult/youth fencing, preschool development classes, youth gymnastics, adult/youth volleyball leagues, women’s basketball classes and more as well as summer day camps for school-aged youth and preschoolers.
Educational arts nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding. In-school and after-school programs, community outreach progamming, professional development workshops and traveling exhibits. Formerly the Shanti Foundation.
Preschool through 8th grade as well as a parent, infant and toddler program education. Accredited by the American Montessori Society and Independent School Association of Central States.
These non-contact camps teach athletic skills, football skills, and life skills to kids 6 to 14 years old. Camps are led by professional, college and high school football coaches with experience as educators.
Online resource that lists events, classes, programs and other activities for Chicago area children and families. Use to find dance and art classes, coupons and deals, summer festivals, daycamps, sports and more.
The Chute Middle School PTA is a local unit of the Illinois PTA, working diligently to support public schools and to ensure that all students have equal opportunities and access to a quality education. We are a volunteer organization dedicated solely to the welfare of children and youth in the home, school, and community.
The Illinois PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization guided by an approved set of bylaws.
Connelly’s Academy offers traditional martial arts training to children, teens and adults. Programs in Taekwon-do, Hapkido and Kumdo for all levels of ability including physically challenged individuals. The emphasis is on mutual support, development of skills and personal growth which benefit students by improving fitness, self-confidence, character and leadership. Summer half-day and full day camps are held at Baker School, 201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette,
Private, non-sectarian, Evanston/ Skokie, IL-based developmental nursery school for ages 2-5. Provides experiences that match a child's abilities emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively through a play-oriented approach.
A progressive series of arts enrichment classes for children ages 6 months to 13 years. Classes for younger children include songs, dance, language activities, finger plays, large and small motor skill exercises, rhythm activities, puppetry, pantomime and group games. For 5-13 year olds, classes include dance, cooking, Chinese, and ballroom dance.
Summer programs offer a variety of arts and cooking themes with several attendance choices.
Offers custom children's birthday parties.
Non-profit created in memory of Dajae Coleman, an ETHS freshman, who was shot in Evanston in September 2012. DC3F offers programs that motivate the youth and instill positive values that help guide them such as homework help and tutoring to Evanston Pride Feeder Basketball Program participants.
The Dajae Coleman Achievement Award recognizes two Evanston Township High School freshman students, chosen by Humanities teachers, for their leadership capabilities and ability to honor the values articulated by Dajae’s life and ethics. Winners of the Award receive $1000 scholarships to be applied toward their post-secondary education.
The Dawes PTA meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30pm. Childcare and Spanish translation are provided.
The Dewey School PTA supports many In School Programs and Before and After-School Programs for Dewey students. Join the PTA! Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.
The Family Center has served Evanston and Skokie families since 1989 by providing family support, literacy and child development services. Program services currently include the Early Start program, Doorway to Learning Childcare Center, child development education services, parenting education and life skills workshops and classes (topics include health, safety, nutrition, discipline, etc.), support groups, parent/child interactive activities and groups, and adult education services (English as a Second Language and General Education Development).
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month. It is the mission of the Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies PTA to support our families and our school through volunteer activities and coordination of events that enrich the lives of our children and all students at the school.
927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL
Holistic, team-centered approach to musical and theatrical education. Private lessons, ensembles, classes and original productions at every level involve and reflect the students’ interests. Programs offered include private lessons in several instruments, musical theatre ensembles for children K-3, 4-7 and gr. 8-12, a choir for young adults aged 13-19, Tween choir, and more. Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/etcmusicschool
Hands-on, student-directed activities for children ages 6 to 15. Camps are offered during the summer and school holiday breaks. Most are held at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
Evanston CASE provides community, advocacy, support and education services for Evanston families impacted by disability. Our Parent Connections programs offer supportive spaces for parents/caregivers to share experiences and receive information from others who “get it.” Our Empowering Parent Partners” program matches trained Partner Volunteers to guide and accompany parents/caregivers at their special education school meetings. We also offer professional advocacy consultation services to prepare parents to successfully navigate the special education process.
Built on the grounds of the Ladd Arboretum, 17 acres of park land with a bird sanctuary and bicycle path, the Evanston Ecology Center serves as a focal point for environmental education and volunteerism in the community. Offers a wide range of programs to community members of all ages including School Programs, Community Gardening, and Summer Camps. Operated by the City of Evanston with support from the Evanston Environmental Association.
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm year round
Open weekends for programs and rentals.
Mailing: 3234 North Southport. Chicago, IL 60657
A Fairytale Ballet introduces children to dance, costumes, music and more. Classes blend dance, drama, music, costumes and storytelling. Week-long Fairytale Princess Camps throughout the summer.
Support network for families who educate their children at home. Provides ideas, information and opportunities for group classes and field trips for homeschooling families in the Evanston Area.
Meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every month (exception: no meeting in July, and meets the second Monday of September) at Trinity Lutheran Church Activities Center, 3637 Golf Road in Evanston
Thin Ice Theatre youth theatre company
The Evanston Math Circle is a free program established through the joint efforts of Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School for students interested in learning about the creative side of mathematics. Each month a topic is explored through problem-solving. Students are exposed to concepts that are usually left out of a standard curriculum.
EVANSTON SAFETY TOWN is a summer day camp program for 4-7 year olds. Established in 1977 by the Evanston/Skokie Council of PTAs, the not-for-profit program teaches safety rules in a fun-filled setting. Safety rules are reinforced with practice on the child-size Safety Town that includes buildings, cars (big wheel bikes) and bicycles from home.
The Evanston Safety Town summer day camp is now taking registrations for 2021 campers ($130) and the teen volunteers ($5), but won’t collect fees until we know the camp can meet this summer. Information and registration at https://www.evanstonsafetytown.org/.
Evanston Scholars is a non-profit organization that improves college access and success for a diverse group of ambitious, underserved Evanston students, starting with the college admissions process and continuing until graduation. The comprehensive, six-year program offers workshops, mentors, SAT/ACT prep, and college counseling to students lacking financial, academic, family and/or community resources.
Snowflake is a a fun-filled evening of large and small group activities for middle school students focusing on developing life skills to lead healthy lives. Snowflake is held once a year in Evanston at one of the five District Middle Schools. It is on a Friday night, starting after school and lasting until about 10 pm. Transportation is provided to the event from all the middle schools.
The PTSA facilitates communication between school and home and provides volunteers and funds to support school services and programs. The PTSA Board sponsors meetings on topics of interest to parents, handles all-school mailings, hosts visits of college representatives, and appoints parents to serve on committees.
The PTSA also works on special projects such as After Midnight (the after-prom activity planned by parents for graduating seniors).
The PTSA works with other organizations at ETHS including the Boosters Club and the Parent Partnership Network (PPN).
Join the PTSA Online!
ETHS Summer Sports Camps are designed to provide the student-athletes in our community with
a foundation of fundamental skills, knowledge, character and leadership development, and love
for athletics. Summer Sports Camps for ages 8 to 18.
ETHS continues to provide financial assistance, based on need, to campers living in School Distict 202
The Evanston-Skokie Council of PTAs is an association of all PTA schools in the area served by school districts 65 and 202. Monthly meetings are open to all PTA members and their guests.
1500 McDaniel Ave., Evanston, Illinois
K-8 School District serving students in the city of Evanston and in Skokie zip code 60203. Consists of eleven neighborhood k-6 grade schools, three middle schools, 2 magnet schools and three special services schools.
Offers family support programs, literacy programs and parenting programs, as well as vocational, health and social programs for pre-teens, teens and teen parents, and their adult families.
Family Advocacy Center provides comprehensive services and resources for families in need and specialized services are available for those families who are currently involved with DCFS and other child welfare agencies. Contact Vanessa Allen-Graves, 847-475-7570 x15.
A family-centered organization in the North of Howard neighborhood that seeks to build and strengthen the community through programs that support personal growth and leadership.
Family Connections- after-school program, ages 5-12
Teen Boys and Teen Girls- Brothers of New Directions (BOND) (high school) and Brothers on the Move (BOM) (middle school), Sisters of Strength (14-19) and Sisters of Unity (11-13)
Evening Tutoring is available.
A community recreation facility with programs for adults and children, including a fitness center, dance studio, regulation gymnasium, and auditorium space. Provides extensive after-school and summer programs for children, School Day Off programs and Senior Lunch, served every Wednesday.
Offers adult, child and family classes in karate, judo, jiu jitsu and other martial arts. The curriculum and approach are designed to work with people at all levels of skill and fitness, from
beginners to advanced students, to reach their highest potential.
An afterschool reading and homework center for Evanston students (kindergarten through second grade), 3:00-6:00 every Monday through Friday. Summer Reading Program also available.
Students must register to use the center.
Independent, not-for-profit volunteer organization created by civic leaders to support the District 65 school district. Solicits donations from public and private sources to support and promote educational programs and services for District 65 students. Funded programs are intended to make an impact on narrowing the achievement gap, improving literacy skills and increasing students' awareness and interest in the arts.
Hands of Peace empowers American, Israeli, and Palestinian youth to become agents of change.
Resource organization serving children, teens and young adults with autism. With offices in Park Ridge and Evanston, Have Dreams offers individualized after-school programs, vocational, life skills and transition to employment programs, along with diagnostic and family support services. Our continuum of services support individuals from early childhood through adulthood, and offer a broad range of programs to serve the full range of the autism spectrum. Programs for children and teens include Special Olympics, Technology Club and a nationally recognized Film & Multimedia camp. Transition to adult services include Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University and Have Dreams Academy, as well as a variety of programs that focus on developing critical soft skills for employment, internship experiences and life skills. Have Dreams also provides best-practice autism training for professionals and individual, in-home and school consultative services.
After School and Weekend Programs
Vocational and Life Skills Program
Program and Services Overview
The Haven PTA offers outstanding programs and opportunities for the entire Haven community. Our goal is to support all students, families and staff.
For more information, visit https://www.havenpta.com/about
A family yoga studio offering a broad range of yoga styles: Anusara-Inspired, Asthanga, Hatha, Kundalini, Radiant Child and Vinyasa Flow, as well as providing opportunities for Energy Healing and meditation.
Howard Area Community Center is a social service agency that provides affordable and free education, employment, and health assistance programs for the greater Rogers Park area. HACC has four sites: the Main Center, the Youth Center, the Employment Resource Center, and the Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center. All of our services and location addresses are on the website at www.howardarea.org/
Day and overnight summer tech camps for kids ages 7-17 held at Northwestern University. Boarding campers stay in Northwestern dorms. Courses, beginner to advanced levels, specializing in video game design, iPhone® app development, Flash® animation, programming, video editing and more. Traditional camp activities are also part of the program.
Non-profit organization which promotes and educates girls in the skill, knowledge, sportsmanship, and love of the sport of lacrosse. It was created to offer all girls the opportunity to learn and play lacrosse through its leagues, camps, and clinics in many communities throughout Chicagoland.
Informational site with helpful links/resources for Illinois parents with children in special education.
Through Northern Illinois University, this reading skills summer program emphasizes phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and study skills, taught by professional instructors. Pre-K - high school. Summer Programs
Resource center providing educational support, mentoring, community, and formation for interfaith and interchurch families, and the clergy and religious communities that serve them.
Special community offered include: Hebrew Naming and Baptism for children, "Under 5's" for parents of young children to share examples and be role models, The Union School for children
beginning in Kindergarten (Sunday mornings from 10:45-11:45am), and interfaith masses, Shabbats, and weddings.
JRC Early Childhood Center is a Reggio Emilia-inspired and relationship-based program that provides a nurturing and stimulating environment to support children’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth. Our part-day early childhood program offers parent-tot classes (ages 2 and under) preschool (ages 3-preK), and summer camp.
Each spring, the Justin Wynn Fund honors two fourth graders from each of District 65's twelve elementary schools who have been recognized as potential future leaders. Approximately 350 Evanstonians attend the celebration banquet that recognizes the young Wynners. Each of the fourth grade honorees may choose to participate in the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy. Through a carefully crafted process of leadership development, the potential of these young people is transformed and mobilized to inspire the world.
Private test preparation service, plus tutoring available for K-8.
Childcare programs for children 6 weeks to 12 years old
Hours: 7 am to 6 pm Monday-Friday
Multiple preschool, pre-kindergarten, and school-age full-day camps.
Nationally Accredited Center
NEAYC --- NECPA --- Excelerate Illinois
The King Arts PTA sponsors many enrichment and extracurricular Programs. Monthly meeting times vary; check the website for a complete list of dates.
A fun, hands-on program at Northwestern University designed for children in grades 1 through 7 to challenge and excite interests in laboratory-based biology. The participants will work in small groups with advanced Northwestern undergraduate student-teachers to perform experiments that illustrate the excitement and wonder that science offers. Projects will include "take-home" experiments that can be done together with parents and siblings.
Program is held on four consecutive Saturdays in April and May. Application Form
Free tax preparation and college financial aid form (FAFSA) assistance for low-income families and individuals, in communities throughout the Chicago area and suburban locations, by appointment. Tax help sessions are held at the Evanston Public Library.
(Formerly Center for Economic Progress.)
Non-profit organization established to promote educational excellence by: supporting the interests of independent schools in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana; building strong relationships between independent schools and creating innovative opportunities in professional development for the faculty, staff and administrators in independent schools.
Lawrence Hall is a not-for-profit child welfare agency established to assist at-risk youth and their families through a seamless delivery of services designed to develop the self-worth, knowledge, and skills they need to lead independent and productive lives.
Services at the center and in the home are provided for enrolled families. Services include monthly play sessions for families of children with disabilities ages 0-6. Annual fee is $200 and a sliding scale is available. Also offers a toy-lending library for children with disabilities and their families.
AblePlay offers parents and educators ratings and reviews of toys for special needs children.
The PTA coordinates and sponsors many extracurricular activities and events for students and families.Join the Lincoln PTA! Forums on selected topics are held every other month.
The Lincolnwood PTA's main objective is to improve the educational environment for ALL children. The PTA supports many after-school clubs and sports activities and Special Events for students and families.
Little Beans is a family café and an imaginative playspace for kids of all ages. Little Beans Playspace includes an imaginative village and age appropriate toys great for kids 0-6 years and an additional recreation based space for kids 5-12 years as well).Open play, camps, music gymnastic, dance, drumming and music classes, events, parties and workshops are all offered for children and adults.
Sports, fitness, and wellness programs for preschoolers through senior citizens. Offers daycare and after school enrichment programs, summer camps, tutoring, dance classes and music lessons, American Red Cross courses, swimming and a variety of sports programs. Active volunteer program.
Birthday party rentals.
Preschool/Daycare Child Care center, preschool music, swimming, kindergarten readiness
Youth/Teens trips, tutoring and mentoring, special programming
Summer Day Camps
Pre-school programs for children ages 2-5.
Infant & Toddler Education
Full and Part Day Preschool- ages 2 - 5
Preschool Explorers- 3 afternoons a week for ages 3 - 5
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Midwest Montessori offers a variety of nurturing full-and partial-day programs for children aged 3-6. Our master teachers and enriched environments help children develop concentration, independence and self-confidence through a wide variety of hands-on learning experiences to joyfully begin their lifetime of learning! Serves as a demonstration school for the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, affiliated with the American Montessori Society.
Summer camp available.
Mudlark Theater is a not-for-profit organization where
children are taken seriously as artists, and learn theater by making it. As a rule, the general public expects little of children’s theater. Mudlark's goal is to raise that expectation and keep it there. By holding children to a higher standard and empowering them to make strong artistic choices, Mudlark creates the possibility for great theater—vibrant, funny, compelling shows that erase the boundary between youth and professional theater.
Half-day workshops and summer camps available: http://www.mudlarktheater.org/training
1702 Sherman Avenue; Evanston, IL
Performance and Rental Space:
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL
Offers concerts, private and group instruction in voice and all musical instruments for all ages and levels of ability at several locations. Community performing groups include Community Symphony, Chorale, New Horizons Band and several other string and voice ensembles for children, teens and senior adults. Financial aid available. Online registration at www.musicinstituteofchicago.org.
Summer Camps include Art of the Jazz Band, Musical Theater, Duo Piano Festival, Chamber Camp for Winds and Musikgarten classes for parent and young children together.
Professional not-for-profit music theater in Evanston, Illinois, founded in 1980, offering three annual main-stage productions at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street (at Sheridan Road), Evanston. All productions presented with large cast and full orchestra.
The company also presents concerts and outreach programs at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, civic organizations, festivals and other community events. Offers five one-week Summer Kids Workshops for students age 8 to 13.
Offers group and private music instruction to preschoolers through retirees in piano, voice, violin/viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, guitar (all styles--acoustic and electric), electric bass, rock and blues ("Plugged In And Live"), Brazilian Choro (The Chicago Choro Club), chamber music, composition and Scratch Orchestra. Also hosts the Music On Madison concert series. Scholarships available.
Inexpensive, non-degree classes and workshops for the general public in arts and crafts, social dance, music, photography, foreign language, yoga, massage, wines and beers, and other topics. Open to teens and adults. Classes offered four times a year, beginning in October, January, April, and July.
Mini Course Schedule
NCJC is a warm and open community that shares and teaches Jewish culture and traditions through a secular perspective. Jewish Cultural Sunday School for grades K-7, Social and Religious Holiday Celebrations, community gatherings, teen and adult programs.
A variety of programs for those in kindergarten all the way through 12th grade.
Wildcat Camp has been a Northwestern tradition since 1939. Wildcat camp offers multi-sport day camps emphasizing skills, fun and fitness. Program serves girls and boys currently attending 1st through 5th grade.
Experience college life at Northwestern University this summer in the College Prep Program. High school sophomores and juniors can take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in a two-week IN FOCUS seminar in a special topic area.
Intensive summer residential program for gifted high school students in journalism, music, theatre arts, film and video, forensics, and debate. Students gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field; interact closely with outstanding faculty; tackle new social and intellectual challenges; and experience campus life with other exceptional high school students. Attendees are called Cherubs.
This year's Summer Program will take place on June 15-18th, 2015. The Summer Technology and Engineering Program (STEP) is a free 4-Day non-residential camp for girls going into 7th, 8th, and 9th grades to encourage them to explore careers in the field of engineering. Participants will: Participants will:
-Work in teams to complete and present a three day design activity.
-Participate in hand-on activities and classroom lessons
-Learn about the different engineering disciplines and the career opportunities within each.
-Explore laboratories at Northwestern's Technological Institute
-Interact in small groups with Northwestern undergraduate engineering students
-Meet other girls who are also excited about engineering!
The Oakton PTA supports Enrichment Activities, coordinates Parent Volunteers, and puts on Assemblies and Special Events. Oakton PTA meets every other month in Oakton's library. See the PTA calendar for dates.
Summer sports camp offering instruction tailored to children 5-14 and ability levels. Meets at St. Athanasius School, Lincoln and Ashland, Evanston
Lady Olympians for Girls in Grades 3-8.
Rookies for Grades Kindergarten through 2nd, Boys & Girls.
Jr. Varsity Boys, grades 3-5.
Varsity for Grades 6th through 8th, Boys.
For schedule, see Camp For Champs.
Open Books is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote literacy by operating a bookstore, tutoring and mentoring, sponsoring educational programs and community events. Open Book Buddies, a reading mentoring program, operates in several local elementary schools. Volunteers are always needed. Open Books also offer Book grants where they give away kids and adult books. Open Books’ colorful River North bookstore and Literacy Center are available for rental and private events.
Open Books accepts donations of:
- All Children’s Books
- Books in almost all genres that are in good, resellable condition
- CDs, DVDs, and LPs in playable condition
The following items cannot be accepted as donations:
- Older Textbooks
- Books with significant damage
- VHS Tapes or Audio Books on Cassette
See https://www.open-books.org/donate-books/ for more information on book donations.
Book store is open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., noon-6 p.m.
The Orrington School PTA supports Clubs, Sports Teams and other Special Events.
Located inside the Main Street Metra Station in the South Evanston community, Piccolo Theatre, Inc. (PTI) offers accessible and dynamic programming for all ages using the universal medium of the comedic arts, in order to strengthen and engage shared experiences in artforms that transcends social, racial, and economic boundaries. Find out more about our Youth Classes & Camps, our Theatre Ensemble & Productions, or our annual celebration of local and regional artists, Custer Fair.
Founded by Byrne and Joyce Piven in 1973, PTW is a not-for-profit professional theatre and actor's training center. The Workshop produces critically acclaimed professional theatre works, focusing on adaptations and story theatre. The actor's training center provides classes for youths in 4th grade through high school, and adults. Students at Piven discover the value of improvisational thinking, the training of impulse and instincts, the power of truth and honesty in performance, and the importance of effective communications skills. Piven Theatre Workshop has helped thousands of students celebrate play and unlock their own unique artistic voice. Located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
Notes: Summer camps and classes available, as well as school session classes. Visit Piventheatre.org/classes to learn more.
Educational theatre company dedicated to providing young people with quality theatre training implemented by professionals in a creative and nurturing environment with a focus on development of the student as individual and artist.
Provides party and corporate event activities, school workshops and classes, community outreach opportunities.
Classes throughout the year and summer programs.
Roman Catholic preschool (ages 3+) through 8th grade school, and preschool. Offers daycare for children enrolled in the school.
Joint school for both St. Mary's and St. Nicholas parishes.
Summer Camp Available
Six-year collaborative effort between Evanston District 65, Evanston High School District 202, and the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University to nurture talented African-American and Hispanic elementary students in math and science. Students begin the program in the third grade and participate until the ninth grade. Through enrichment activities, additional classes, mentoring programs, and strong parental support, Excite students will be better prepared to begin taking and succeeding in honors and advanced placement level courses at the high school.
Project SOAR is a one on one Mentoring Program that matches boys and girls ages 7-16 in need of emotional support and guidance with responsible adult role models who provide positive and stable relationships. The Mentor spends 3-4 hours per week with their mentee and there is a 1 year committment. Children are referred from schools, police department, other social agencies and the Y staff while the mentors are caring adults from the community and Northwestern University.
As mentors, adults are encouraged to be a friend and provide a stable, caring relationship with a younger person. Together they’ll also participate in group activities like bowling, skiing, camping, and sporting events.
The Community Center offers sports programs, classes in the visual and performing arts, after-school program and Preschool Programs for ages 2 to 5.
Dance classes include ballet, tap, ballroom and creative movement.
The Ice Complex provides ice skating, figure skating, hockey, speedskating and broomball. Skates may be rented to attend the public skating sessions and may be rented for use during skating classes.
Party rentals available.
Robert Crown Community Center's Child Care program provides high-quality child care for ages 2 through 12.
We are a full-service facility offering full-day and part-time care, including an after school program. Our program is licensed by the DCFS. Let us care for your child in a recreational-based environment and offer you peace of mind while you work.
Take Two (age 2)
Creative Play Preschool (ages 3-5)
Dual Enrollment (4 and 5 year olds enrolled in School District 65 half-day programs)
After School Adventure
Spring / Winter Break Programs, Camps
An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school providing a liberal arts education to students from age 3 through Grade 12.
Early Childhood (ages 3-5), plus Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools
Operates on a rolling admissions deadline when space is available. Personal tours are available throughout the summer.
SAGE (Schools are Gardening in Evanston) is an outgrowth of the Dawes School Edible Garden Project which began in 2004. The gardening program now exists at several District 65 schools giving students the opportunity to plant, grow, harvest and eat fresh foods. Surplus food is donated to local food pantries. SAGE is overseen by the Evanston Environmental Association and the SAGE Steering Committee.
There are now 16 gardens in the Evanston school system.
Catholic pre-school through 8th grade. Before and after school care available for enrolled students.
Before and after school care available for enrolled students.
Offers a variety of social services targeted toward low income families and individuals.
Emergency Service Schedule: Food Pantry: Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Utilities, Rental/Mortgage Assistance- By Appointment Only
Monday: Prayer Chain – 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer Meeting – 6:00 p.m. Bible Study – 6:30 p.m. Women’s Club- 7:30 p.m. Men’s Club – 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal
Counseling: Christian counseling, substance abuse counseling.
Food Assistance: Food vouchers (redeemable at Jewel on Chicago Avenue), canned goods and clothing vouchers for the needy.
Housing: Rent and utilities assistance (when funds are available).
After School Program:
For children ages 5 - 13, Monday - Friday between 3pm to 6pm. Transportation from Evanston schools,snack and homework assistance provided for a monthly fee. Extended care may be available.
Character Building Program:
Adventure Corps (boys ages 6-12),Sunbeams (girls 6-11),Girls Guards (girls 12-18) and Teen Reflection Cell Group (a drop-in time for teens 13-18). Meets Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Youth Music Program:
Activities for youth include Singing Company (ages 6-10),Junior Choir (ages 10-17),Junior Band (ages 13 and older) and Instructional Band (ages 6-15)
Summer Day Camp:
A day camp is offered for 8 weeks during the summer for children ages 5-12, between 7:30 am - 5:45pm, Monday through Friday.
Women's Programs also available, including sewing and Zumba groups
Science Cafe is a forum for the discussion of important and interesting scientific issues. They are informal and accessible to the non-scientific lay person - much more so than even a public lecture. It's an opportunity to gather with old and new friends in a relaxed atmosphere while participating in a program of very cool scientific 'stuff'! No cover charge, EVER!
Our Science Café Evanston is scheduled to be held typically on the third or fourth Wednesday each month, September through May, and takes place between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at the Firehouse Grill in Evanston.
LOCATION 6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202
SOUTHEAST EVANSTON PARENTS ASSOCIATION (SEPA) was founded in August 1996, by a group of mostly single low-income parents wanting to make a difference in their lives and lives of their children, and the Evanston community. This not for profit grassroots organization determined to challenge parents, schools and their local government.
Provides youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and special needs a creative drama experience enabling personal growth while breaking down stereotypes related to disabilities. Special Gifts Theatre’s creative drama classes and theatre programs utilize the special skills of occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapists, as well as special education teachers and theatre arts professionals.
Roman Catholic elementary school, pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Open enrollment continues with space available in various grades. Please call Judy Berg to arrange a private tour at 847-864-2650 ext 107 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Evanston is a competitive community-based soccer club committed to training players to perform at their best in a team environment. Development of technical and tactical skills for players of all levels of abilities is the focus of Team Evanston. Offers individual player training.
Three season (fall, winter and spring) playing options; registration fees. Indoor training facility at 2025 Dempster St., Evanston.
Summer 3v3 Camps
Team Evanston was officially founded in 1991 through the merger of Evanston’s two premier traveling youth soccer clubs – Gross Point Soccer and Pele Stars. The main purpose of the merger was to unite Evanston club soccer under one umbrella organization, and to improve the overall quality of youth soccer in Evanston. Both clubs had a great tradition in Evanston, but agreed it was time to pool resources and talents to create a better experience for both boys and girls in Evanston.
Today Team Evanston consists of 40 boys and girls team including approximately 600 children playing from U8 through U19. Though the organization is still run by a volunteer board, all teams have paid and licensed coaches. The club also has a paid director of coaching responsible for the hiring of coaches and development of curriculum for all age levels.
The Fund donates scholarships to public school children from families with limited financial resources for quality, fee-based summer programs. The Fund also sponsors Ted Fund Tuesdaysa weekly tutoring and mentoring program for adults and children, grades 3-6, on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm. at the YMCA.
Oasis Summer Day Camp
Tibetan Alliance of Chicago (“TAC”) is a registered 501 3(c) not-for-profit organization seeking to preserve Tibetan heritage and serving the needs of the Tibetan community in Chicago.
TAC was established in March 1992, initially as Tibetan Resettlement Project of Chicago, to resettle 100 Tibetans in Chicago who came from various parts of India and Nepal. For background, the invasion of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China beginning in 1949 displaced nearly 100,000 Tibetans who followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959, predominantly settling in India and Nepal. The passing of the Immigration Act of 1990 resulted in the US government issuing 1,000 visas to Tibetans in exile to resettle in various US cities and towns. Tibetan Resettlement Project of Chicago resettled 100 Tibetans between 1992-1993 and currently, we have about 300 Tibetans residing in Chicago. TAC remains indebted to the original founders and supporters of the Tibetan Resettlement Project of Chicago.
Our main objective now is to:
- To continue to strengthen the Chicago Tibetan Community internally and externally and promote His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message of interdependence, global peace and compassion within the broader Chicago community
- To revive, preserve and promote Tibet’s unique religious and cultural heritage and educate the younger generation of Tibetan-Americans and the broader Chicago community about Tibetan history, religion, and culture
- To liaise with Office of Tibet and other North American Tibetan organizations as well as work closely with other communities in Chicago and develop mutually beneficial relationships
Tibetan Alliance 2019 – 2020 Executive Team and Board Members
President: Mr. Lhakpa Gyaltsen / (773) 470-8917
Vice President: Mr. Tenzin Phuntsok / (773) 732-3021
Treasurer: Mr. Sonam Tsering / (224) 522-1442
Secretary: Ms. Tenchoe Wangyal / (312) 607-8956
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Tenzin Jampa, Tashi Dolker, Dhondup Gyatso, Phurbu Lhamo, Dekyi Kunzom, Tseten Wangyal Drongpa, Pema Rinzin, Karma Tsering, Nawang Thinley, Tenzin Chemi, Kelsang Bapu, Tsering Tashi, Dolma Tsering
An online database of tutors/mentors throughout the Chicago area; search by location; clearinghouse and searchable directory of tutoring and mentoring programs, elementary through high school, Use also to find volunteer tutoring opportunities.
Since 1993 the T/MC has been building and maintaining a master database of organizations in the Chicago region that provide various forms of volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring. This information is available on an interactive map-based directory at http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net and a links library at http://tinyurl.com/ChiTM-Program-Links
Verhoog Piano Institute is an intensive music program with a neuroscience focus. Students aged nine to 13 can participate in the intensive program, where up to four years of piano can be learned in only nine months. The second part of the program focuses on students of all ages who have brain damage, teaching them to think in new ways. Students play by ear, and also improvise music in the style of the composer they are studying
Teen drop-in center in Wilmette, supervised by staff trained to communicate with teens, to assess their needs, and to create programs that enhance skills and promote growth toward becoming responsible adults. Evanston teens are welcome. Offers youth counseling, chat sessions, study nights, music and recreational programs.
Hours are Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00-8:00 pm
Friday: 4:00-9:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00-9:00 pm
The Warren W. “Billy” Cherry Scholarship fund provides financial assistance for graduating seniors, graduates of Evanston Township High School, or ETHS students with a G.E.D. who are pursuing associates, bachelors, or graduate degree in education or youth work. They must be enrolled as a full-time (12 or more credit hrs. per term) or part-time (6 or more credit hrs. per term) student and demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
PTA Executive Board
Washington PTA Executive Board 2014-2015
Co-President – COMMUNICATIONS
CoPresident - STUDENT ENRICHMENT & CULTURE
Co-President - PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Provides Owlnotes that provides parents with weekly e-news updates pertaining to events and reminders.
Youth have vastly different opportunity sets based on their income, race, culture, gender identity, and sexual orientation. These gaps in opportunity prevent many youth from realizing their fullest potential.
We utilize three strategies — Advance, Build, and Catalyze — to close this opportunity gap and prepare youth for post-secondary and life success. Across these strategies, we seek to build deep, caring relationships with youth, their families, and the community institutions around them. For all youth, Y.O.U. provides both academic support and enrichment programming. Academic support includes support with independent learning assignments, tutoring, goal setting, and social-emotional check-ins. Current enrichment programming includes a focus on team building, literacy, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), and social justice. All of our clinical and outreach services, including counseling, case management, and our 24/7 youth housing hotline, have continued without interruption, primarily through virtual and telehealth models.
If you are under 22 and experiencing a housing-related crisis, please call 847.866.1200 x 1
Arts & Minds Academy provides engaging, in-home instrument lessons to students of all ages in the Evanston area. New students can schedule a free, private in-home lesson to try one of our teachers with no strings attached. We work hard to make learning fun and engaging to ignite our student's passion for music!
Chicago Ballet Arts (CBA) has been offering high quality, dance training for over 30 years, specializing in classical ballet. Its primary program focuses on ages 3-18. In addition, CBA is home to two performance ensembles, offers adult ballet classes and presents community master classes and events. Training opportunities are available year round.
Quad Indoor Sports is a indoor sporting facility holding a 102 by 56 yd. AstroTurf field, as well as two batting cages. We host leagues and organize rentals for flag football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, rugby, baseball, and many other sports. In addition, we host birthday parties, special events, and camps, both for the summer and school holidays. The Quad is a great place for all ages, and on a rainy day, we've got you covered.