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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.