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Family Focus Englewood The mission of Family Focus is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and st

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Don't miss out: join us at South Shore this morning to get your free COVID-19 vaccine!
10/20/2022

Don't miss out: join us at South Shore this morning to get your free COVID-19 vaccine!

Don't miss out: join us at South Shore on Thursday morning to get your free COVID-19 vaccine!
10/18/2022

Don't miss out: join us at South Shore on Thursday morning to get your free COVID-19 vaccine!

Don't miss out!
10/18/2022

Don't miss out!

Bernice Weissbourd passes at age 99
10/15/2022
Bernice Weissbourd passes at age 99

Bernice Weissbourd passes at age 99

  Bernice Weissbourd passes at age 99 From President & CEO Dara Munson Bernice Weissbourd, our beloved founder of Family Focus, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. We are deeply saddened by th

More than 53% of Family Focus participants are Hispanic or Latinx. Do you know the difference? Watch this video from the...
10/14/2022
What's the difference between Hispanic, Latino and Latinx?

More than 53% of Family Focus participants are Hispanic or Latinx. Do you know the difference? Watch this video from the University of California to find out!

Latinx. Latino. Hispanic. Cristina Mora explains the origin of these words.Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don't miss any new videos: http://bi...

Family Focus is committed to the success of black & brown communities across Chicagoland. Click below to learn more abou...
10/13/2022

Family Focus is committed to the success of black & brown communities across Chicagoland. Click below to learn more about our response to recently arrived asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants! https://bit.ly/3TgfpuX

What are the socioeconomic consequences of long COVID for Latino families? Join us on October 19th at 2:30pm for a virtu...
10/13/2022
The socioeconomic consequences of COVID-19 for Latino families

What are the socioeconomic consequences of long COVID for Latino families? Join us on October 19th at 2:30pm for a virtual presentation sponsored by The Brookings Institution featuring Dr. Marina Del Rios, Noreen Sugrue and Gabriel Sanchez Camille, followed by a panel discussion featuring Adrián Pedroza, Sylvia Puenta and our very own Mariana Osoria. Use the hashtag to ask questions, and visit https://brook.gs/3LBS5p3 to register.

On October 19, join the Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative at Brookings for a webinar about the impact of long COVID-19 on Latino communities.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Family Focus Agrees with Dolores Huerta! “Debemos pensar en nuestros hijos y descub...
10/12/2022

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Family Focus Agrees with Dolores Huerta! “Debemos pensar en nuestros hijos y descubrir las destrezas que tienen y dejarlos que desarrollen sus aptitudes cualquiera que sean, no para que hagan lo que nosotros queremos, sino para que encuentren lo que les gusta y entonces alentarles a que sigan su camino”.

“We have to think [about] our children and find those skills that they have and let them develop their gifts whatever they are, not to do what we want them to do, but to find what they like and then encourage them to follow that path.”

We are proud to announce that Family Focus President & CEO Dara Munson has been named as one of the Chicago Defender's W...
09/16/2022

We are proud to announce that Family Focus President & CEO Dara Munson has been named as one of the Chicago Defender's Women of Excellence 2022!

This award, now in its 15th year, celebrates female African American leaders who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service.

To learn more, visit http://chicagodefender.com. Congratulations Dara!

Teams from Family Focus Illinois Welcoming Centers are proud to assist the city and state in the urgent needs of new imm...
09/16/2022

Teams from Family Focus Illinois Welcoming Centers are proud to assist the city and state in the urgent needs of new immigrant children and families. Senior VP Mariana Osoria sent this report from the front lines:

As of 9/14/2022, there have been a total of 522 arrivals to Chicago on eleven busses since August 31st. These 522 are part of “Operation Lone Star” in TX. Migrants are primarily from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Panama and Cuba. (This number does not include a recent influx of Venezuelan arrivals that Family Focus has been supporting in the last year.)

At the reception center, Family Focus welcomed 76 individuals and worked directly with most of them, in particular those with children. We provided access to services and public support, clothes and emergency supplies, all via bilingual and bicultural team members.

Over the Labor Day Weekend, Family Focus and other partner organizations supported the communication with and transition to a hotel for temporary housing. Family Focus was onsite providing services and was assigned six families with ten children. In addition, as a leader in early childhood development, Family Focus began providing daily early childhood development and education supports to children at the hotel, a total of 18 children between the ages of 1-7 years old. Staff is providing play and learning activities as well as parent-child interaction support.

To put this in a wider context, Washington DC has received 9,500 new arrivals and New York has received 6,700 new arrivals between April and August. We know that more will be coming to Chicago and Family Focus will be “on the ground” and ready to serve.

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09/12/2022

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09/12/2022

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Today and every day, we celebrate , and give thanks for our grandparents and their infinite love, wisdom and cookies. Wh...
09/11/2022

Today and every day, we celebrate , and give thanks for our grandparents and their infinite love, wisdom and cookies. What impact did your grandparents have on you? Share with us!

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09/06/2022

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This Labor Day, Family Focus honors and celebrates the work and achievements of our 400 team members! We especially want...
09/05/2022

This Labor Day, Family Focus honors and celebrates the work and achievements of our 400 team members! We especially want to recognize and honor our seven Employees Of The Year! Alfredo Calixo, Claudia Rivera, Enedelia Ocampo, Kendra Criswell, Mark Brown, Nancy Mendoza, and Phyllis White are exemplary community servants whose passion and dedication to our participants has been an inspiration over the past year. Thank you all for your continued service!

09/05/2022

All Family Focus offices are closed for the holiday. See you tomorrow!

09/02/2022

All Family Focus offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th, in celebration of Labor Day. Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday, September 6. See you then!

Hundreds celebrate JoAnn Avery Way, honoring the Family Focus program director of 40 years - Evanston RoundTable https:/...
09/01/2022
Hundreds celebrate JoAnn Avery Way, honoring the Family Focus program director of 40 years - Evanston RoundTable

Hundreds celebrate JoAnn Avery Way, honoring the Family Focus program director of 40 years - Evanston RoundTable https://evanstonroundtable.com/2022/08/31/hundreds-celebrate-joann-avery-way-honoring-the-family-focus-program-director-of-40-years/

JoAnn McKire-Avery holds up the sign designating a stretch of Simpson Street as JoAnn Avery Way. It was a bright, sunny day, all you had to do was look at

This past weekend, the City of Evanston honored Ms. JoAnn Avery with her own street name! She has worked at Family Focus...
09/01/2022

This past weekend, the City of Evanston honored Ms. JoAnn Avery with her own street name! She has worked at Family Focus for more than 40 years and has touched the lives of thousands in Evanston. Congratulations JoAnn!

Timeline photos
08/31/2022

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We are proud to announce that Family Focus President & CEO Dara Munson has been named as one of The Chicago Defender's W...
08/31/2022

We are proud to announce that Family Focus President & CEO Dara Munson has been named as one of The Chicago Defender's Women of Excellence 2022!

This award, now in its 15th year, celebrates female African American leaders who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service.

To learn more, visit https://realtimesmedia.com/product/chicago-defender-women-of-excellence-live-induction-ceremony/ . Congratulations Dara!

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08/25/2022

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08/19/2022

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When catching up on vaccines before going back to school, remember that students older than 5 can get a  vaccine at the ...
08/18/2022

When catching up on vaccines before going back to school, remember that students older than 5 can get a vaccine at the same time as other vaccines. Find vaccines near you at vaccines.gov.

08/17/2022

All Family Focus offices will be closed today and tomorrow while we attend our annual Summer Institute. Normal office hours will resume on Thursday, August 18th. See you then!

Special thanks to Dr. Ron Lewis for being the keynote speaker of our 2022 Summer Institute!
08/16/2022

Special thanks to Dr. Ron Lewis for being the keynote speaker of our 2022 Summer Institute!

Our thanks to the Penn Dance Team from William Penn Elementary!
08/16/2022

Our thanks to the Penn Dance Team from William Penn Elementary!

Building community as we begin our Summer Institute!
08/16/2022

Building community as we begin our Summer Institute!

08/16/2022

All Family Focus offices will be closed on Tuesday & Wednesday, August 16th & 17th while we attend our annual Summer Institute. Normal office hours will resume on Thursday, August 18th. See you then!

When catching up on vaccines before going back to school, remember that students older than 5 can get a  vaccine at the ...
08/15/2022

When catching up on vaccines before going back to school, remember that students older than 5 can get a vaccine at the same time as other vaccines. Find vaccines near you at vaccines.gov.

Between now and August 14th, many common back-to-school items are subject to a sales tax holiday. Be sure to take advant...
08/13/2022

Between now and August 14th, many common back-to-school items are subject to a sales tax holiday. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and make your purchases before then!

When catching up on vaccines before going back to school, remember that students older than 5 can get a  vaccine at the ...
08/12/2022

When catching up on vaccines before going back to school, remember that students older than 5 can get a vaccine at the same time as other vaccines. Find vaccines near you at vaccines.gov.

Between now and August 14th, many common back-to-school items are subject to a sales tax holiday. Be sure to take advant...
08/11/2022

Between now and August 14th, many common back-to-school items are subject to a sales tax holiday. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and make your purchases before then!

When catching up on vaccines before going back to school, remember that students older than 5 can get a  vaccine at the ...
08/09/2022

When catching up on vaccines before going back to school, remember that students older than 5 can get a vaccine at the same time as other vaccines. Find vaccines near you at vaccines.gov.

Between now and August 14th, many common back-to-school items are subject to a sales tax holiday. Be sure to take advant...
08/09/2022

Between now and August 14th, many common back-to-school items are subject to a sales tax holiday. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and make your purchases before then!

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Happy ! The mission of Family Focus Englewood is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families in and with their community. works closely with the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

During we're highlighting one of their caregivers and her little one, Mama K and Baby K.

MIECHV supports pregnant people and parents with young children who live in communities that face greater risks and barriers to achieving positive maternal and child health outcomes.

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Just because we've all been at home the past few months didn't mean programs stopped. In fact, we just celebrated a brand new graduating class from our early childhood home visiting program! These scholars from Family Focus Englewood will be moving onto preschool (in some way or another!) and celebrated with a virtual graduation ceremony. Congratulations little graduates!
Reminder that Family Focus Englewood is hosting this event tomorrow! Come out and get a free mask, and spread the word. See you tomorrow!
If you watched WTTW - Chicago PBS last night you may have seen a familiar face. Their story featuring Englewood and how COVID-19 has impacted the Englewood businesses and the health of residents interviewed our own Carrie Brown, Family Focus Englewood's Program and Center Director. The segment begins at about 18:23 and you'll see Carrie around the 22:30 minute mark.

https://youtu.be/flt2sO9DWPE?t=1103
Ever wonder what happens in the prenatal groups?

Not only is there educational curriculum to cover topics such as prenatal health and nutrition, what to expect with birth, navigating parental relationships while pregnant, and more, but new and soon-to-be moms meet to share stories. At this group from Family Focus Englewood, a father came to share his birth story. It's not just all moms! Parents learning and connecting with others in their community and finding support.
We would like to thank the community of Englewood for opening their arms to us this weekend. Bringing Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to the city of Chicago has been an incredible adventure and exciting experience. This Saturday's kick-off was nothing short. Teamwork Englewood opened its doors to allow 100 families inside for a completely free event. We were able to give tons of free books and free turkeys to 40 families. Jesse Ruiz for Attorney General came out in support and spoke about the importance of early childhood literacy and family engagement, Example Setters brought the house down with an incredible performance, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago provided free coats for families for the winter, Stay LIT Community Youth Services, Kennedy King College, 741 West 63rd Street, Baby Bibs and Bottles, Chicago Early Learning, KIPP Bloom Primary, Family Focus Englewood, I Grow Chicago, Illinois Action for Children, Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce provided resources and information, Veronica Appleton and Corey De'mon (Justin the Good listener) hosted a very special Storytime! To learn more about the Imagination Library program in Chicago and how you can support, visit: www.open-books.org/dollyparton
In a new study about trauma, the CDC cites the importance of having a reliable, stable relationship with an adult, such as a mentor, teacher, or parent, when experiencing an Adverse Childhood Experiences, also known as ACEs. Having someone to rely on can mitigate the damage a tramuatic event has.

This is exactly the approach our trauma-informed behavioral therapy program uses. We are proud to have this program at Family Focus Englewood, and to expand it to Family Focus Lawndale to continue to aid those who need it.

More about the CDC's new study here:
We delivered over 100 safe sleep kits to Family Case Management Program at CAU, Better Birth Outcomes Program at CAU, Share Our Spare, Rush University Children's Hospital, Family Focus Englewood, and Simpson Academy for Young Women to be distributed to new and expectant parents. Thanks to all the kids at Deloitte's 'Take Our Kids to Work Day' who helped make the sleep kits.
Learn about safe sleep practices here: https://kidsindanger.org/protect-your-child/sleep/
Some of our centers may be closed due to the weather. A good rule of thumb: if the local school system is closed, Family Focus services may also be impacted. Make sure you're following our centers on Facebook to stay up-to-date on possible service cancellations.

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Look at these kiddos at Family Focus Englewood getting ready for the Vendor Fair at Forest Park Elementary last month! These entrepreneurs created their own businesses and products to sell as part of their after school curriculum.
Spread the word: July 13 at 6:30pm, Free Family Event
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