Early Childhood Center

Since 1979, HANA Early Childhood Center (ECC) combines early learning with play. Providing instruction in English, ECC offers a multicultural learning experience for children within a safe and structured environment.  Our culturally diverse staff, many of whom are immigrants and bilingual, reflects the families in the community we serve.

Our curriculum goes beyond school readiness goals, to encompass the whole child's social-emotional well-being, while introducing social justice lessons to shape our children into conscientious individuals.  ECC is accredited the highest level by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has a Gold Level status through Illinois ExceleRate.

Program offerings

  • Year-round care and education

  • Open Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.

  • 15 months -2 years (Early Head Start/Prevention Initiative)

  • 3-5 years (Head Start/Preschool For All)

  • 5-12 years (After School program, including full-day summer camp)

  • Child Care subsidy options

  • Private pay slots available

  • Comprehensive social services 

  • Nutritious meals prepared on-site 

  • Highly qualified, credentialed staff


ECC partners with state and federal programs to offer financial assistance for child care costs. Eligibility is dependent on family income and size.


We are a needs-based program prioritizing low-income families, diverse learners, and immigrant families, however limited slots are available for private pay families interested in a community-based child care and education program. Please refer to this document for the private pay tuition fee schedule. Private pay options start at age 2.

To schedule a tour or receive more information or to verify child care eligibility, complete this form at: ecc.hanacenter.org.


Stop by our office, hours of 9am-5pm.

Head Start Annual Report

Please click below for our annual Head Start report.