News and Media

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Early Childhood Services Expand for Albany Park Families as Albany Park
Community Center Joins Carole Robertson Center for Learning’s High-quality
Education Network


CHICAGO, Ill. – Albany Park families have access to expanded, critical early childhood education and
one-on-one support services as the nonprofit Carole Robertson Center for Learning takes over as new
owners and operators of the Albany Park Community Center. Now named Carole Robertson Center for
Learning at Albany Park, the transition brings new stability to the community, addressing a shortage of
education programs for infants, toddlers, and expectant mothers. Current Albany Park Community
Center staff will join the Carole Robertson Center team as of August 1, 2021.

“We began partnering with Albany Park Community Center earlier this year through a federal Early Head Start grant to expand early learning options to more children across Chicago,” said Carole Robertson Center for Learning President and CEO Bela Moté. “We’re excited now to bring our comprehensive education and support services for children and youth to meet Albany Park families where they are, and help transform the beloved neighborhood anchor into an education anchor for children and youth through age 17.”


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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

West Side Kids Get Huge Boost As Early Education Group Gets $103 Million To Expand Child Care Programs


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Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Carole Robertson Center for learning is recognized by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions for job quality profile series, Frontline Forward: Employers Raising the Bar on Job Quality During COVID

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Thursday, July 15th, 2021

Carole Robertson Center for Learning Continues to Expand Service to Communities with 5-year Federal Head Start Award totaling $103 million


CHICAGO, Ill. – Building on its track record of providing children in Chicago with high-quality education programs, Carole Robertson Center for Learning becomes one of the city’s largest Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) providers with the awarding of a five-year, $103 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Head Start (OHS). Carole Robertson Center is one of five newly awarded community-based organizations included in this latest grant, along with the City of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS).

Together with a recently awarded five-year, $20 million EHS expansion grant (with options to renew), the new grant brings program stability to the communities Carole Robertson Center serves. The funding supports a partnership with 30 local community providers across the city, serving an expanded total of 1,364 children across HS and EHS. Across all programs, Carole Robertson Center will now serve more than 1,500 children and youth up to age 17 in 27 communities.

“We are honored by the trust placed in us by the federal Office of Head Start, and pleased that the new allocation distributes resources directly into the communities we all serve,” said Carole Robertson Center for Learning President and CEO Bela Moté.

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Sunday, June 6th, 2021

Leading With Dignity: One Organization’s Story of Building Resiliency Through Service to Others – Co-authored by Bela Moté and Sonja Crum-Knight for Zero to Three Journal

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Friday, March 19th, 2021

Carole Robertson Center for Learning Nearly Doubles Early Childhood Services to Families in 16 Communities with Major Federal Grant with $20 million, and a five-year award from Administration of Children and Families


CHICAGO, Ill. – Through a competitive national grant process, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning has earned a $20 million, five-year Early Head Start Expansion grant from the U.S. Administration of Children and Families (ACF). The nonprofit known for high-quality education for children and youth will use the funds to nearly double Early Head Start services, providing comprehensive early education, health and nutrition, and pre-school readiness services to 185 additional infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. This is the first time in the Center’s history that it will be a direct grantee of ACF and will also continue to be a delegate of the city of Chicago.

“This funding gives us an opportunity to serve more Chicago children and families and provides critical
early learning programs in a child’s earliest years to prepare for kindergarten and beyond” said Carole
Robertson Center for Learning CEO Bela Moté.

Read the Full Press Release Here


Thursday, April 21st, 2020

The Erikson Institute interviews the Carole Robertson Center’s President and CEO, Bela Moté about bringing our mission and programs to life in a remote environment.


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Wednesday, September 16th, 2020