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Neighborhood Network: Evanston

United Way of Metro Chicago - Neighborhood Network Sponsors

Evanston is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, 12 miles (19 km) north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north, with a population of 74,486 as of 2010. It is one of the North Shore communities that adjoin Lake Michigan and is home to Northwestern University. Evanston Cradle to Career launched equity and parent engagement initiatives and coordinated program alignment between Network partners. EC2C expanded community representation by creating Parent and Youth Advisory Boards, and adding community members to their oversight committee.



Launch Date: 2016

Evanston Demographics

White: 60.4%
African American: 17.2%
Latino: 10.1%
Asian: 9.1%
Other: 3.2%
Median Income: $69,544
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Bold Goal: Increase kindergarten readiness to 85% while significantly increasing racial and ethnic parity for African American and Latinx children

COMMON AGENDA: By the age of 23, all Evanston young adults will be on the path to leading happy, healthy, productive, and satisfying lives.


Our Results

  • Increased to 57.8% in 2017, up from 54% in 2016
  • Equity Advisory Team established to work closely with community around issues of equity training and implementation
  • Launched second cohort of 24 participant SEED equity training
  • EC2C presented Beyond Diversity Training to 80 partner staff members, including police officers, Park District and Health Department staff
  • Kicked off Talk, Read, Sing initiative to educate parents about being their children’s first teachers
  • Book drive collected over 300 diverse books for little libraries

Our Partners

Lead Partner: Evanston Cradle to Career

  • Books and Breakfast
  • Caring Outreach by Parents In Evanston (COPE)
  • Center for Independent Futures
  • Cherry Preschool
  • Childcare Network of Evanston
  • City of Evanston
  • Connections for the Homeless
  • Curt's Cafe
  • Erie Family Health Care Center
  • Evanston CASE
  • Evanston Chamber of Commerce
  • Evanston Community Foundation
  • Evanston Department of Health and Human Services
  • Evanston Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services
  • Evanston Own It (a coalition of churches from the 5th Ward)
  • Evanston Police Department
  • Evanston Public Library
  • Evanston Scholars
  • Evanston/Skokie School District 65
  • Evanston Township High School
  • Family Focus
  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Society
  • The Harbour
  • Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
  • Learning Bridge Early Education Center
  • McGaw YMCA
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Northwestern University
  • Oakton Community College
  • Peer Services
  • Rainbows For All Children
  • Reba Early Learning Center
  • School for Little Children
  • Second Baptist Church
  • St. Nicholas Catholic Church
  • United Way of Metro Chicago North-Northwest Suburban Region
  • Unity Preschool
  • Youth Job Center
  • Y.O.U.
  • YWCA Evanston/North Shore