Pillars Community Health is the result of the merger of Community Nurse Health Center and Pillars. Learn more about services offered by both organizations or donate to support our services using these links:

Child and Family Development Center


Pillars Community Health offers Head Start, Early Head Start, day care, and parent support.

Pillars Community Health has operated a comprehensive Child Care and Head Start program since 1969. In 2015, we were awarded grantee status to monitor and oversee Head Start programs for 18 area zip codes.

Our Child and Family Development Center offers Head Start, Early Head Start, day care, and support for parents. The Center is accredited by NAEYC and ExceleRate Illinois and licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

We are actively recruiting for Head Start at Pillars Community Health and at our delegate site, The Children’s Center of Cicero-Berwyn.

Half-Day Preschool funded through Head StartHead Start Logo

Head Start gives children ages 3-5 from low-income families an opportunity to participate in a preschool setting. The program offers two time slots:

  • AM Session: Monday-Thursday, 8 am-11:30 am
  • PM Session: Monday-Thursday, 12:30 pm-4 pm

Two nutritious meals or snacks are provided. Bus transportation may be available for eligible families but is not guaranteed.

Full-Day Subsidized Child Care

Child care enables parents of children ages 6 weeks-5 years to work or attend school. Hours are Monday-Friday, 6:45 am-6 pm. Families must meet both Head Start and Child Care Assistance Program eligibility requirements. Assessed co-payment (based on family size and income) is paid monthly. Click here for enrollment information.

Home-Based Head Start and Early Head Start

These home-based programs offers services to pregnant women, and to families with infants/toddlers ages 0-3 as well as families with children ages 3-4. Families meet with home visitors weekly and can also meet with each other in socialization groups at the Center twice monthly.

Parent Support Team

We understand the stresses of parenting and raising small children, but you do not need to deal with these stresses alone. We have a team of people here at Pillars Community Health who are ready to support you and your child in any way we can. Our Parent Support Team provides parent cafes, a time to come together with other parents to learn about a topic from bullying to potty training; consultation on parenting techniques; assessment of your child’s strengths and areas for continued growth; links to community resources; and advocacy. These services are available in both Spanish and English. Parent Cafes are FREE to parents in Lyons Township with children ages 0-8. Registration is required. Click here to download a handout with more information.

Learn More About Child Development and Education Services

Contact the Center today at 708-995-3570 or 8020 W. 87th St., Hickory Hills, IL 60457.

Download the 2016-2017 Child and Family Development Center Annual Report.

Click here for details about enrollment.