For more than 100 years, Chicago Commons has been providing the city of Chicago with services to help improve and build communities for sustainable futures. Below are just a few examples of how our organization has impacted not just the lives of our participants, but our community as a whole.

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Commons in the News

9/10/2016 The Gate News: Chicago Commons launches Family Hub program
9/11/2016 ABC Chicago: Newsviews segment featuring Chicago Commons’ early education program and new multi-generational approach to helping families
4/2015 National Association for Education of Young Children Magazine: Preschoolers Study on Light and Shadows at Paulo Freire Family Center
2/19/2015 Chicago Tribune: Early Education Letter to the Editor
November Issue Today’s Chicago Woman: Pour Out Your Heart featured in “Gourmet Gossip” section
10/28/2014 Chicago Sun-Times: “Keep Head Start Going” Letter to the Editor from Chicago Commons President/CEO, EdgarRamirez
10/27/2014 Candid Candace: Candace Jordan includes Pour Out Your Heart in blog
10/25/2014 KISS FM The Weekly Show: Jordan Chi discusses upcoming events including Pour Out Your Heart with Billy Dec
10/24/2014 Comcast Newsmakers: Chicago  Commons President/CEO discusses Chicago Commons programming
8/18/2014 CAN TV: Chicago Commons’ Communications Manager, Carolyn Branton, and Program Manager, Michelle Flores, discuss Commons’ programming Spanish Version
7/15/2014 Chicago Commons Celebrates 120th Anniversary
3/19/2014 Chicago Commons Receives $1 Million Early Education Construction Grant 
3/19/2014 The Gate: State legislators leave local agencies in funding limbo
3/19/2014 Illinois House of Representatives Appropriations Elementary and Secondary Education Committee: Testimony from Edgar Ramirez
3/12/2014 Illinois House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on Human Services: Testimony from Edgar Ramirez
3/3/2014 Comcast Newsmakers: Featuring Edgar Ramirez
2/28/2014 Chicago Sun-Times: Minority Report featuring Edgar Ramirez
1/2/2014 Lawndale News: Chicago Commons begins new chapter
12/20/2013 Crain’s Chicago Business: How do I know nonprofits can change the world? They changed mine
12/19/2013 Crain’s Chicago Business: People on the Move. Edgar Ramirez to President and CEO from Associate Executive Director
12/17/2013 Chicago Tribune: Nonprofits see earlier need for winter clothes
12/4/2013 Chicago Commons Welcomes New Board Member: The Chicago Commons Board of Directors is pleased to announce Philip B. Kenny, Jr.  has joined its governing board.
11/25/2013 Chicago Commons Announces New Executive Director: Chicago Commons Board of Directors names Edgar Ramirez as new executive director.
11/10/2013 Chicago Sun-Times SPLASH: Pour Out Your Heart for Commons

Chicago Tonight: Head Start Program Uses Environmental Approach to Early Learning

10/23/2013 DNAinfo Chicago: Paulo Friere Family Center a ‘Safe Haven’ in Back of the Yards
9/26/2013 WLS-TV (ABC): Guadalupano Center offers unique approach to education
06/12/2013 The Chicago Sun-Times: Letter to the Editor, Stay Young, Get Parents Involved
05/14/2013 Progress Illinois: Chicago-based community groups, parents and advocates for the state’s most vulnerable children called on Illinois lawmakers to restore $25 million in funding for early childhood education at a gathering in Pilsen Tuesday morning.
05/14/2013 WBEZ 91.5: Chicago Commons parent Lorraine Bahena speaks with reporter regarding childcare cuts at demonstration in Pilsen.
04/24/2013 CBS Chicago: Chicago Expanding Pre-K Programs for Next Fall
04/04/2013 WYCC – In the Loop: On In the Loop, guests David Vinkler of AARP Illinois, Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budge Accountability, Mary Mitchell of The Chicago Sun-Times & Author/Historian Leslie Goddard discuss home care for seniors in Illinois, and also the future of urban farming.
03/15/2013 Bethel New Life Announces Transition: Today, Bethel New Life announced their decision to close their In-Home Care Senior Service Program which opened in 1983. Bethel New Life has worked closely with Chicago Commons, Bethel’s preferred provider, to ensure quality care continues for more than 400 seniors in the community.
02/19/2013 Chicago Tribune:Letter to the Editor, Invest in Early Childhood Education
02/02/2013 GAMALIEL OF METRO CHICAGO – 100-Plus Community Members to State Representatives: “Don’t let the state’s fiscal crisis become our kids’ education crisis”.
02/01/2013 WBEZ 91.5: Early-education groups are meeting Friday night with Illinois lawmakers, trying to reverse cuts to childcare assistance.
01/31/2013 Medill Reports Chicago: More than 100 furious parents and community members are expected to confront Illinois state representatives Friday in response to $25 million in cuts made to early childhood education programs and new regulations for participant eligibility.
12/27/2012 Crain’s Chicago Business: People on the move. CHICAGO COMMONS, Chicago: Mary E. Timmons, 47, to governing board member, and continuing as chief administrative officer in the wealth management group at Northern Trust Co.
12/17/2012 Chicago Commons Welcomes New Board Member: The Chicago Commons Board of Directors is pleased to announce Mary E. Timmons has joined its governing board.
12/10/2012 Harlem Globetrotters: Harlem Globetrotters Delivered Christmas Tree to Chicago Commons Family Center in Pilsen.
12/02/2012 Chicago Sun-Times SPLASH: Macy’s Annual Operation Happy Children
09/25/2012 Catalyst Chicago: The next frontier for early learning: measuring quality
08/04/2012 Chicago Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday that the city is putting up $10 million to expand efforts to prepare infants, toddlers and preschoolers for kindergarten.
08/03/2012 Catalyst Chicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel reads to children at the Chicago Commons Nia Family Center, as schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard looks on.
08/03/2012 Chicago Sun-Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in rolling out a new push to help Chicago Public Schools students succeed, said he’ll devote $10 million out of the city’s already-strapped 2013 budget to pay for early childhood education programs.
04/20/2012 The Gate: Chicago Commons Dedicates New Paulo Freire Family Center Playground
04/19/2012 Lawndale News: Green Wonders: Back-of-the-Yards Receives First ‘Green’ Playground
02/28/2012 Redeye: Made in Humboldt Park


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