Linking Families, Building Community.

The mission of Family Network, a Family Focus Center, is to promote the well being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families in and with their communities.

Family Network is a Not-for-profit, Non-sectarian Agency.

All of Family Network’s programs share a common goal to enhance the quality of family relationships, promote healthy growth and development of children, and enable families to connect with one another and other community services and resources.


Founded in 1983 by early childhood professionals, the mission of Family Network a Family Focus Center is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families in and with their community. Family Network provides educational and enrichment based programs for parents with young children, offers after school programming for school age youth in North Shore District 112. A wide variety of Spanish-based services are also provided within our center to parents and children.


ASAP (After School Activity Program) – Provides after school programming at Oak Terrace and Indian Trail Schools. The program also provides bus transportation to Wayne Thomas, Ravinia, and Lincoln Schools.

Parent/Child Center – Provides programming for children from birth to 4 with their parents.

Right From The Start Program/Programa Desde El Principio – Provides extensive Spanish-based programming to parents with children from birth through school-age years.


Growing Strong Children and Families:
Family Network was founded in 1983 by early childhood professionals.

New Program!

Register now for Early Childhood Dual language mornings. 

Offered for children from birth to four, with their parents. 

Bi-lingual staff in each classroom with monthly themes to promote language development and socialization in a play-based environment.


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The After School Activity Program (ASAP)

ASAP is a fun, home-like environment where school-age kids spend the hours after school while their parents are at work. Our highly-qualified staff provides daily homework support, unique enrichment activities and opportunities for free choice in safe and nurturing surroundings.

Each day the children arrive with smiles on their faces ready for their after school time to be filled with STEM activities,fun literacy workshops, multi-cultural art activities and outside play, to name a few. Parents arriving early for the 6 pm pick up often meet with resistance from their children: “Why did you come so early?”

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Parent / Child Center

The Parent/Child Center provides a warm, welcoming place where families can connect with others in the same stage of life and find support in the challenging job of raising young children. Since it was founded by early childhood professionals in 1983, our program has been based on the idea that providing support and education at this early stage of family life helps to build a secure foundation for the future.

The morning drop-in program is open to families with children from birth to age 4; parents or caregivers stay on site while children are provided with safe, nurturing experiences under the care of experienced professional staff. The center is open to all, regardless of ability to pay or geographic location.

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Right From The Start

Right From The Start/ Desde el Principio (RFTS) provides education and family support services to at-risk Spanish speaking families who are expecting a baby or who have children and live primarily Highland Park, Highwood and nearby communities.

The program aims to promote healthy family functioning, healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, and enhance the development of children.
Intervention and prevention-based services are provided for parents, primarily mothers, who may be facing obstacles such as: cultural and languages barriers, isolation, single parenting, financial struggles, and postpartum depression.