Early childhood education is key to strengthening families and improving health outcomes in our communities. Gads Hill Center is proud to provide these services to children ages birth to five years throughout the south and west sides of Chicago. To listen to CEO Maricela Garcia discuss our work and our new Early Learning Center in Brighton Park on the latest episode of "Closing the Gap" on WBEZ, click here.
On October 1, our CEO Maricela Garcia shared her passion for supporting and strengthening Latino communities in Chicago with state and local officials at a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration hosted by Comptroller Susana Mendoza. The event honored four outstanding Latino leaders with a commemorative award for their service to marginalized Chicago communities. Honorees included Gloria Castillo, President & CEO of Chicago United, Teresa Cordova of the UIC Great Cities Institute, Modesto Tico Valle of the Center on Halsted, and our own Maricela Garcia. Congratulations to them, and thank you, Maricela, for your continued leadership of the Gads Hill Center! To read more of her story, check out her bio on our website here.
The Chicago Benchmarking Collaborative is celebrating 10 years and the group is making
Lori Ann Bass from Christopher House and Maricela Garcia from Gads Hill Center were in
the ABC7 Studio to talk about the collaboration.
Chalkbeat.org covered the opening of Gads Hill Center's new Brighton Park location as one of the leading organizations opening child care development centers for children four-years-old and under.
"There are so many ways of using that money to strengthen the field,” said Maricela Garcia, the CEO of Gads Hill, which operates two early childhood centers in Lawndale and Chicago Lawn and is building a third. She said she hoped some money will be set aside to help nonprofits like hers increase teacher salaries and compete with the salary schedule at the schools..."
Read more about universal pre-school here.
The second annual Fund-A-Future Summer Bash was held by Gads Hill Center on August 23, 2018 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The event was held in the courtyard of Pilsen's Gads Hill Center site. Thank you to those who supported this event from donations to ticket purchases--we appreciate you!
The 2018 scholars awarded by The Building Leaders Scholarship fund are Julio Perales and Juritzy Fray.
On Friday, July 27, 2018 Gads Hill Center hosted its 5th Annual Golf Outing, Drive to Succeed. The event was held at the Village Greens of Woodridge in Woodridge, Illinois. Our Albatross Sponsor was Northern Trust, with Konica Minolta, Marsh Insurance, and Aeromexico at the Eagle and Birdie sponsors levels. For complete list of sponsors, see here.
On June 3, 2018 Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Raymond Lopez joined Gads Hill Center and media outlets to announce our new Brighton Park Early Education Center as part of the 2018 state budget. The location will serve more than 120 youths in surrounding neighborhoods, as well as adult education programming.
“I am proud to work alongside Mayor Emanuel to support and expand access to high quality educational opportunities for early learners across the city,” says Maricela Garcia, Chief Executive Officer of Gads Hill Center. “Expanding service in Brighton Park means more children and families will have the support they need to thrive.”
Click here to read the City of Chicago's press release on the work Gads Hill Center supporters made possible.
GMA Construction Group Details Brighton Park Early Learning Facility
Curbed.com covers Brighton Park and Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center kindly thanks this year's sponsors for supporting our annual spring gala. Click through to see the full list of sponsors.