Our program

VOCEL’s program encourages socialization and emotional growth with intentional teachers and a nurturing environment.

Program schedule

Monday thru Friday
7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
2 full meals and 2 snacks provided daily
Winter break: 1 week
Summer break: 2 weeks
Closed for all federal holidays


Housed in Chicago Jesuit Academy, featuring a gymnasium and community garden

5058 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60644


Cooking experiences
Exploratory play
Family-style meals
Outdoor activities
Research projects
Rest time
Story time
Writer’s workshop

Eligibility for enrollment

Enrollment at VOCEL occurs on a first-come, first-serve basis, contingent upon eligibility. Children enrolled in VOCEL’s program must be between the ages of 3 and 5 years old and reside in the city of Chicago.  VOCEL is a Head Start partner through Gads Hill Center and the Department of Family Support Services.  Admission to VOCEL occurs on a rolling basis.

Calculate Eligibility

*Gross monthly income is your income before taxes

Next steps

If you meet our eligibility requirements and are interested in enrolling your child, please fill out the form below—we’ll be in touch soon.

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