Christopher House Parent School

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Adult Education

Christopher House fosters the literacy and English competency parents need to be self-sufficient:

  • Three levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
  • One-on-one and small-group tutoring.
  • Skills development training to help parents secure and maintain employment.

Teen and Adult Parent and Prenatal School (TAPPS)

Our prenatal and parent education staff creates a strong support system for new parents through weekly home visits, support groups, and education workshops. Our parent educators, doulas (pregnancy and birth experts), and licensed clinical social workers teach parents to: 

  • Prepare for the birth and the first months of their baby's life.   
  • Build parent-child relationships and assist with infant care.
  • Create a strong support system for new parents.
  • Educate parents about their role as their child's "first teacher."

Social Work

Christopher House provides free counseling for the low-income children, parents, and families who are enrolled in our continuum of schools. Licensed clinical social workers partner closely with clients of all ages, providing individually tailored and culturally responsive care. Through our services, parents are able to address their mental health concerns and build a stable home environment that encourages their child’s healthy development. Our high-quality Social Work services include:

  • Individual and family counseling.
  • Crisis counseling.
  • Parent, child, and youth support groups.
  • Parent workshops.
  • Parent and staff consultations to help manage difficult situations in the classroom or at home.

Food Pantry, Holiday, and Emergency Support

Christopher House food pantry and holiday programs meet the hunger and nutrition needs of our families while educating them on food budgeting and healthy lifestyle choices. We operate five food pantries at our sites on the North and West Sides of Chicago. Holiday assistance is provided through our annual Food Walk, held in November, and our Family to Family program, held in December.

When available, Christopher House also offers donated clothing and housewares for families. In addition, emergency financial assistance is available for families who are struggling to pay rent, heating, electric, and other essentials.

Recent Results

  • 100% of participants in our prenatal and parenting support groups, increased their knowledge of parenting and child development.
  • 100% of teen mothers enrolled with a medical provider for preventative, prenatal, and tertiary healthcare.
  • 84% of adult learners who completed at least 64 hours of instruction significantly increased their English language skills.
  • 100% of parents made progress towards their educational, literacy, budget, and employment goals.
  • 1,371 participants received food and nutrition education from our food pantries.
  • 1,405 participants received food for a Thanksgiving meal.
  • 1,492 participants received food and gifts through the Family to Family Holiday program.


Teen and Adult Parenting and Prenatal School(TAPPS) is currently accepting new mothers for support services and education. Mothers must be age 13 or older and either pregnant or parenting a child. In addition, participants must live in the our catchment area: Division to Devon and Lake Michigan to Narragansett.

For more information, please call 1-855-318-8285 (se habla español) or e-mail with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Your address
  • Whether you are pregnant and/or the parent of a child
  • Age of your child, if applicable

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