South Side Early Learning (SSEL) provides children and families a comprehensive program to promote intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth, and development to meet the needs of each child.

However, SSEL offers more than just high-quality early childhood education. We also aim to address weekly nutritional needs, providing students a healthy breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack served family style every school day.

Additionally, families are encouraged to work with our Family Specialist to make sure the entire family’s basic needs are being met and to ensure families are on a pathway to achieving self-sufficiency and obtaining the skills needed for success.

through early head start, head start and other programs…

SSEL provides year-round, high-quality early education from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for children from six weeks to five years of age using recognized curricula and assessment tools.

South Side students receive the care and skills necessary for a child to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond - for a lifetime of success.

Each child and family receives…

  • Full-day early childhood education

  • Two nutritious meals and snacks served family-style daily

  • Access to family support services

  • Opportunities for parent and family education, job programs

  • State-of-the-art classrooms and curriculum

from classroom to community…

We believe high-quality early childhood education is the foundation to community development. To do this, we ensure that a child is cared for and a family is secure in their community. Our Family Specialist supports families in finding the resources they need.

Our families struggle, not because they’re not hard workers trying to move forward, but because the majority can’t find employment with a sustainable wage and enough paid hours. They are the working poor who fall below the federal poverty level. Affordable housing, food insecurity and transportation are other issues our families face.

Since 1922, South Side Early Learning has been partnering with community leaders and organizations to support South Side families. Working together, we provide programs and resources that help families move from poverty to prosperity.