We believe all children – regardless of health or economic status – should have the opportunity to lead their best lives.

For more than 30 years, Children’s Place Association has partnered with local government agencies, community groups and businesses to build a better tomorrow for Chicago’s most vulnerable children – those challenged by health disparities, poverty, neighborhood violence and racial injustice. Our comprehensive services stabilize vulnerable children and strengthen families so they can build a more promising future.

What happens in childhood has a profound effect on the rest of life.

Who are Chicago’s Most Vulnerable?

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Impoverished communities struggling with high unemployment, housing insecurity and hunger.


Many families subsist on annual incomes of $5,000 or less.


Families often lack access to the support they need to treat illnesses.


Kids and families are equally challenged, and that impacts a child’s future.

We Serve Chicago’s Most Vulnerable Children

Many of the children’s families we serve subsist on annual incomes of $5,000 or less, live in communities with high crime and unemployment, face housing insecurity and hunger, and often lack access to the support they need to treat their illness. Survival is at the heart of their daily lives, but it doesn’t need to be.


60% of Chicago children live in neighborhoods with high rates of gun violence.

Our Challenge

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Opportunities for All Children

Children’s Place Association provides critical assistance to children and their families in four key areas: health, education, family support and financial stability.


  • Annual Incomes of less than $5,000

  • High Crime

  • Unemployment
  • Housing Insecurity
  • Hunger
  • Lack of Healthcare

1 in 4

Chicago Children Live in Poverty

Give a Child More Opportunity

While we are proud of how far we’ve come, there is still an urgent need to help children facing health inequities and violence in their communities feel safe and have access to critical support services that allow them to thrive. We are excited to have you be part of this work.