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Reliable Information on Social Service Organizations & Free Community Resources


Chicago Public Library

Homework Help and on Site Tutoring

Chicago Public Library On site Tutoring at all CPL locations

Drop-in homework help and tutoring is available for children and their parents at all CPL locations. Certified teachers and trained homework helpers get kids focused and help them find the right learning strategies and the best resources for finishing their homework assignments. Homework helpers are also available to answer parents' questions about their children's homework and offer suggestions on how parents can help kids with school assignments at home. Homework help hours vary by location; contact your location for days and times. This program is funded by grants to the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

Chicago Public Library

Online Tutoring with BrainFuse HelpNow

Chicago Public Library Online Tutoring

Live one-on-one homework help is available online every day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Brainfuse. Students in early elementary through advanced college prep can get help with: Specific homework questions, Improving study skills, Writing papers, ACT and SAT test prep. Learning English as a second language. Help is available in English and Spanish. Use BrainFuse at any CPL location or at home with your library card.

Tutor / Mentor Connection

Tutoring and Mentoring Mega Database

Because of the work we do, more youths born in poverty will start jobs and careers by age 25, and more volunteers will make a lasting commitment to tutor/mentoring.

The mission of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC)* is to gather and organize all that is known about successful non-school tutoring/mentoring programs and apply that knowledge to expand the availability and enhance the effectiveness of these services to children throughout the Chicago region. Since 1993 the T/MC has been building and maintaining a master database of organizations in the Chicago region that provide various forms of volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring. This information is available in a links library at (Note: this information has also been available on an interactive map-based directory at which is now seeking financial support and/or technical support to fix the error codes now appearing on the site.) Our goal is to help mentor rich volunteer-based programs become more available in all high poverty areas of Chicago and its suburbs. Using information on the T/MC web sites leaders can build more effective programs, business and philanthropy can build strategies that provide more consistent support, reaching youth in more of the high poverty neighborhoods, and volunteers, parents and students can find programs where they might connect.

Austin Childcare Providers' Network

Early Childhood Education Providers Network, Resources, Training & Licensing

Helping Parents by supplying valuable information on licensed child care in your area and tips for selecting a child care provider. Helping child care providers by offering professional training, and an abundance of resources. Vision Statement: We envision a future where ever childcare provider in our network is licensed, certified and recognized as a qualified professional.

Chicago Early Learning

Early Childhood Education

City of Chicago's Early Learning Portal

A searchable Database for Early Childhood Education Programs. Here you can easily find early learning programs near your home or work. You can also compare programs side-by-side to select the highest quality option for your child. Browse the FAQ page to learn more about different alternatives and how to enroll your child in a quality early learning program.

After School Matters

After School Programs, Paid, Clubs, Activities

Provides teens with opportunities to discover their potential and find their future

After School Matters® is a non-profit organization that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities in art, athletics, cooking, computers, leadership, and other skill development opportunities to more than 15,000 Chicago high school teens each year. Teens are at the core of everything After School Matters does. They are the reason we exist – from the more than 200,000 we have reached since our beginnings, to the many more we must reach in the future. Mission: To provide Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.

Safe Haven with Chicago Public Schools

After School and Out of School Activities/ Programs

CPS FACE, Office of Family and Community Engagement

The Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI), under the leadership of Rev. Renaldo Kyles, is committed to bridging the gap between CPS and Chicago’s faith based communities. Our mission is to establish effective partnerships with faith based institutions city-wide. We understand the role of faith based leaders as valuable resources, and know that these partnerships actively engage the community and contribute to the success of our students and schools. OFBI has several programmatic branches: Safe Haven (more details below), Crisis Training, The Church Adopt-a-School, and Capacity Building Training. The Safe Haven program provides a reliable, no-cost alternative for students and parents during breaks from school. It seeks to engage students in workshops that focus on positive conflict resolution, anger management, anti-bullying, and anti-violence practices.

Chicago City of Learning

City of Learning is an initiative that lists the informal programming of over 120 organizations including city agencies and neighborhood based orgs.

Chicago City of Learning (CCOL) is a groundbreaking initiative that joins together learning opportunities for young people in a way that allows them to think about, pursue, and develop their interests.

We have our own search interface but also can make programming available for analysis for use in other platforms. Turning Your City Into a Campus! Chicago City of Learning is part of a national effort working towards making sure all young people, from all neighborhoods, have access to experiences that help prepare them for their future. Every city is teeming with opportunities for out-of-school learning. But until now, those opportunities largely have been disconnected from one another and scattered throughout cities. A City of Learning brings community resources, such as libraries, museums, parks, and science centers together into one searchable website where young people and parents can find and sign up for fun programs throughout their city. From robotics to fashion to theater, Chicago City of Learning offers a variety of in-person and online opportunities for learning and having fun with friends. With these hands-on experiences, young people are more prepared for the classroom and for today’s workplace.