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The Carole Robertson Center serves children from birth through 18 years and their parents, as well as other community adults and child care providers in need of education or training.

Our families are low-income, with 75% living below federal poverty level. 51% of families are African American, and 46% are Latino, more than half of whom do not speak English or speak it as a second language. 77% of our children and youth live in female headed, single parent households. More than 15% of children receive special needs services.


The Carole Robertson Center serves the North Lawndale, Little Village, and Near West Side communities on Chicago’s west side. These communities rank among the highest concentration of impoverished families and crime in Chicago. Our families have limited resources and face many challenges.

Families Served by Ethnicity

  • 51% African American
  • 46% Latino
  • 3% Multiracial

Children Served by Age

  • Birth to 3 – 27%
  • 3 to 5 – 46%
  • 6 to 12 – 17%
  • 12 to 18 – 10%

Program Enrollment

The Carole Robertson Center’s programs serve low-income families in Chicago. Each program has its own eligibility guidelines and fee requirements. Some programs are entirely free of charge. Others require monthly co-payments. Some programs require families to document children’s ages, household income, and parent work schedules. Contact us for additional information about program enrollment.