Something Good in Englewood Day
On June 5th, the Englewood community celebrated “Something Good in Englewood Day”, which was originally lauded by former mayor Rahm Emanuel for the consistent high quality education practices of Little Angels Learning Center for over 25 years. The early childhood school, serving children from ages birth to five, has a list of impressive accomplishments – it has maintained gold circle status by the State of Illinois’ excel rate as well as has a 91% teacher retention rate, 85% parent participation rate, and, for the past 10 years, 81-90% of their graduates have been accepted and placed into CPS gifted/selective enrollment elementary schools.
Starting in 2022, Little Angels Learning Center, with support of Something Good in Englewood, is a grantee of CME Group Foundation to support positions for a family support specialist and mental health clinician for the school community. As a result of these investments, the school has been able to offer “theraplay” this year, a parent/guardian and child interactive play therapy model.
Justin Morgan, Director of Operations for Something Good in Englewood, reflected, "It is imperative that we offer support to care for the entire family to complement the fantastic work Little Angels is doing in early education. Additionally, offering consistent equitable resources around employment, financial literacy, mental health, health, and wellness to our community will enable us to plant the seeds of equality, and self-sustainability that will water our families to grow, and flourish for generations to come. It all starts with education.”
At their recent ceremony to celebrate Something Good in Englewood Day, Little Angels Learning Center recognized and honored parents, community members, and other partners to the school in a day of appreciation. CME Group Foundation was honored with the “2023 Advocated for Family Support” award at their ceremony.
“Quality early learning education experiences [are] a necessity for every child. We provide a unique, warm nurturing, parent/teacher/school partnership, in addition to a consistent continuity of care model that allows us to care for our children academically, socially, and emotionally. We partner with Something Good in Englewood to continue support through comprehensive wrap-around supportive services to the entire family to ensure that we strengthen the family structure of our community. We are so thankful for our parents, and partners like CME Group that support our work and invest in our growth," stated Nashone Greer-Adams, Executive Director of Little Angels Learning Center.