There is a growing need for the exceptional services offered by the Sue Duncan Children’s Center. Attendance has doubled in the last five years and students, parents and educators from other communities show a strong interest in having access to our programming. Through the New Communities Project, the Center is opening additional sites at elementary schools on Chicago’s south side to extend its reach to families and children in other neighborhoods that can benefit from its services. Each new site will maintain the Center’s high standard of excellence by duplicating the original Oakland site which has run effectively for over 52 years. In doing so, the Center will fill a void in communities where educational resources are scarce, yet desperately needed.
We are half way through the first phase of the New Communities Project. The Woodlawn Campus opened as scheduled during the 2013-2014 school year at John Fiske Elementary School. A third campus serving Englewood is scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year.
With over five decades of experience and a proven model that has already made a difference in one of Chicago’s most impoverished communities, the Sue Duncan Children’s Center is at a juncture where it is able to facilitate a meaningful and impactful expansion. The Center has the knowledge from its many years of success in the Oakland community, new leadership and professional staff able to guide the organization, dedication and resources of an expanded board of directors comprised of both founding and new members, and the desire to deepen its impact.