Strong Families empowers parents in their natural and learned abilities to be loving and protective parents while promoting healthy child development, supporting and enhancing their journey to self-sufficiency, self-realization and self-fulfillment. Our work is conducted through home visiting and peer group learning services utilizing research-based parenting curriculum, trauma-informed services, child sex abuse prevention training, and promoting positive interaction and communication amongst caregivers and children. Strong Families also offers other developmental opportunities for parents, including book clubs, volunteer hours, peer mentoring, college tours, and field trips.


Chicago’s South Side
Western Suburban

Who’s Eligible:

  • Teens between the ages of 12 and 19 who are pregnant or with only one child who live on Chicago’s South Side in the following zip codes 60615, 60617, 60619, 60637, 60649 and 60653.
  • Families who live in the boundaries of District 21-Wheeling, District 59-Elk Grove Village, District 180-Willowbrook and an Early Head Start center-based program at Alpha and Omega Learning Center in Melrose Park.




For more information, contact the YWCA Parks Francis Center.