Let’s close the opportunity gap.

Our family of schools provide a continuum of education, from birth through the eighth grade, paired with immersive support for the whole family. 

Donate today to empower thousands of children and families to thrive.

What We Do.

We provide a high-quality education for scholars, paired with comprehensive support services for their families, such as food pantries, counseling, and parenting workshops.  

Who we serve.

We enroll children and families in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin, Logan Square and Uptown neighborhoods. The average annual income for a Christopher House family is less than $19,000.


More Likely to Increase Student Learning

The University of Chicago’s 5Essentials Survey gave Christopher House the highest possible ranking in all 5 categories—finding our model 10 times more likely to increase student learning.

Individuals Served

100% of Christopher House families are assigned a family advocate and receive parenting workshops, on-site food pantries, and social work services, including counseling.

Graduating Kindergarten-Ready

86% of Christopher House preschoolers were found kindergarten-ready—4 times the average for low-income children across Illinois.

Our Partnership
With Families

Kassie, a mom who started in our teen parenting program, said it best: “It’s not a school, it’s a house.” At Christopher House, we’re so much more than a school—we get to know each family and we provide the education and resources needed for success and stability.

Our Model

Personalized Education

We offer a high-quality, personalized
continuum of education from six weeks
through the eighth grade. We also offer
after school and parent education.

Immersive Family Support

All parents receive education and resources
needed for success, including an assigned
family advocate, parenting workshops, food
pantries, and counseling.


We annually track more than 60 metrics
to ensure our decisions are
data-informed and best serving our
children and families.


Elementary School
Christopher House
Elementary School Receives Highest Possible
Rating in 5Essentials Survey
August 2019
Parent School
How Christopher House Supports Teen Moms Through Childbirth and Helps Them Re-establish Their Lives
November 2019
Parent School
Measuring Mastery
January 2020

Christopher House
5235 W. Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639