Little Angels Family Learning Center (LALC) began as a single preschool classroom nearly 25
years ago. We have served thousands of families after growing to a multi-classroom center
for children ages 0-5. We have supported in improving educational outcomes and overall
quality of life while utilizing limited, shared site space, assembling and disassembling
full classrooms every week to free our learning spaces for multi-purpose event and meeting
In 2015, Little Angels Family Learning Center received a Proclamation from the Mayor's
Office outlining the points of pride that the center has brought to Englewood and to the
city of Chicago at large.
We are now afforded a momentous opportunity to build our own dedicated center space that
will be a two-level, community center doubling our early learning classrooms and housing
summer youth employment programs and a year-round "Strong Futures" program servicing
justice-involved youth ages 18-24.
As we begin transitioning to a more modern facility with added service capacity to
accommodate the evolving needs of our children, families and surrounding communities, we
must raise 10% of our $1.9 million building grant to jumpstart the blueprint execution in
Earlier this year, a national news source reported that "Englewood remains a community
peppered with signs of decay.... Abandoned homes and vacant lots can be found on many
blocks," but we know that our LALC is proof that Englewood is not abandoned or vacant. It is
very much alive and in need of a visible community center that lets other people know that
Bringing positive light to the Englewood community and providing safe spaces for growth and
development to the residents is a lifelong mission of our center. LALC's expanded facility
is a community-led initiative to invest deeply in the education and wellness of the
community at all ages and stages of life.